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Safe as houses THE MULTITUDE OF SECURITY OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO HOMEOWNERS CAN PROVE OVERWHELMING – FOLLOW THESE FIVE STEPS TO TURN YOUR HOUSE INTO A SECURE SANCTUARY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY 1 THINK INSIDE THE BOX So often, potential burglars who will target a house at random are viewed simply as strangers… people you don’t know. So it pays to be careful whom you hand your house keys to. After all, once someone has a copy of your keys DID – whether it be your cleaner or a YOU KNOW? friendly workman – they can get AROUND 20% OF a duplicate made. To prevent HOUSES ARE BROKEN this type of key conundrum, INTO IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. PEAK TIMES Mul-T-Lock (www.mul-t-lock. ARE BETWEEN 1pm AND provides customers 4pm, ACCORDING TO with an individually coded WEST MERCIA authorisation card when they buy POLICE one of its security solutions; this means that when keys are brought to a registered Mul-T-Lock dealer to be copied, the individual must present the card. A novel way to keep track of your keys! It goes without saying that you shouldn’t leave a copy of your keys anywhere outside your house – whether that be under a mat or a plant pot – as it can be easily found and used. Someone may even have been watching you while you ‘hid’ it. Luckily, this tradition of leaving a key outside seems to be dying out: in a 2011 study, 90% of people said they now refuse to do that. 2 KEEP IT LOCKED Keeping windows and doors closed and locked at night is an obvious security measure and yet it’s one that many homeowners fail to adhere to. As RHG Insurance Brokers comments: ‘More than 60% of burglaries happen because people don’t use the security protection they already have in place. In one third of all house burglaries, thieves manage to get through an open door or window without forcing an entry. ‘One of the first things we advise customers to do is to make sure their home has basic security features, such as good window and door locks. These not only help reduce the risk of being targeted, but they can also lower insurance premiums.’ Quality door locks are essential, but WORDS: Jessie Bland | ILLUSTRATION: iStockphoto | PHOTOGRAPH: iStockphoto T he UK’s burglary hotspots have been revealed: with people living in the LS13 area of Leeds the most likely to file insurance claims in a two-year period. The Leeds postcode is closely followed by BD12 in Bradford, North Finchley (N12) in London and Eccles in Manchester (M30). Home security is clearly pivotal if you live in one of these locations – and if you don’t, it’s even more critical to take action to ensure your postcode doesn’t become a thief’s paradise anytime soon... 064 | APRIL 2013 64-65 Home Security.FINAL.indd 64 4/3/13 10:21:50 http://www.mul-t-lock

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of At Home with Sarah Beeny 2013

Editor's letter
Sarah's Welcome
It's a date
Mellow yellow
Blooming wonderful
Proper copper
Rent revolution
Home upgrade
Leading locations
Property virgins
Safe as houses
On the move
Good on paper
A distressed look
Turn up the heat
Fire it up
Another 48 hours
Something old, something new
Suite dreams
Inside the box
On stylish ground
On the rise
DIY for girls
The blueprint
A glass act
Final draught
Heat beneath your feet
Silent enemies
Real-life renovation
Eco exclusive
Hot stuff
How very cultivated
Turn over a new leaf
Lofty deals
Keep your antenna up
What Sarah says
How bizarre
Colour cocktail
Last word

At Home with Sarah Beeny 2013