Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 133
HOME IMPROVEMENTS ▲
KEEPING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PROTECTED FROM HARM
IS A TOP PRIORITY. WE LOOK AT THE SECURITY AND FIRE
SAFETY MEASURES YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO IGNORE
WORDS: KARA GAMMELL | IMAGES: SHUTTERSTOCK
Being robbed is a nightmare, so it's
crucial you do everything you can
to prevent it happening to you.
Homeowners o en make simple
mistakes when it comes to security,'
says detective chief inspector John
Cushion, from the Metropolitan
Police. 'Leaving doors and windows
open is the most common mistake.'
lso, make sure you are insured,
in case the worst does happen.
'Your home contents have more
than just a monetary value. Ensure
you have the right insurance, to
protect items that mean the most,'
says Rhys Huggett, senior account
manager at Highworth Insurance.
There are many ways you can
protect your home and belongings,
too, for example:
Keep front hedges and gates
under 1m tall so people can see
your front door from the road.
Don't leave windows and doors
open when you go out.
Put trellis panels on top of
fences as this deters burglars from
jumping over the top.
Install an alarm - you can get
wireless ones now.
hange the locks when you move
into a new home - you don't know
who else has got keys.
Hang curtains or fit blinds so
people can't see straight into your
Attach a shield behind your
letterbox to prevent access.
Consider a gravel drive or
pathway - the crunchy noise it
makes will put o intruders.
Fit motion detector lights outside.
If you're going on holiday, fit
timers on indoor lamps and ask
someone to pick up your mail if
it's visible from outside.
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