How to make your home more secure; tips and ideas for improving home security

This page includes links to all of our Security in the Home DIY how to projects. Browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information.

Available DIY How To Projects

Making sure that your home and possessions are secure is vital and you can do this very easily your self with this range of DIY home security projects. Be it fitting a night latch or Yale lock or installing a night safe there are a range of cheap and simple projects that will make your home much safer. It is important to secure out buildings and your shed if you have one. Fitting a bolt and lock to gates and doors is an effective way to stop intruders entering your property.

Fitting security chains to doors brings peace of mind

Fitting security chains to doors brings peace of mind

Is your home secure and safe?

This is the first question that you should ask so you know what you have to deal with. Thames Valley Police have created a really useful security check list that you can go through to see how safe your home is. We recommend doing this or something similar to see what you need to do to make your property saver and more secure.

Is my home attractive to burglars?

Before you even have to get into the DIY there are a few things that you need to think about and do which will make your home unappealing to would be burglars. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Valuables visible – don’t leave valuables or spare keys, including car keys, visible. This will attract the opportunist thief and make your home more attractive that another one.
  • Signs of occupancy – if there are no signs that you are living in the property, it makes it a much more appealing to the thief. Try to ensure that widows are opened on hot days, papers and letters are not left poking out of the letter box, milk bottles do not collect outside the door or your car is not obviously absent from the drive way. These and many more are signs that you’re not there.
  • Easy Access – approximately 20% of burglaries take place in broad daylight; if you have a concealed access to your home a would be thief will favour this. Consider your external lighting options and get this fitted.

External Home Security

Here are a few tips to make your garden and the outside of your home a little more secure:

  • Install suitable lighting, ideally with a motion sensor, as we have already mentioned
  • Lock up sheds and secure out buildings
  • Ensure that any equipment that could be used in a break in is locked away and inaccessible, particularly ladders
  • Put away garden furniture and bikes which might be attractive to opportunist thieves
  • Maintain fencing, but put weak trellising at the top as this will not bare the weight of an intruder and break making a noise when they enter which will put them off
  • Keep garden gates closed and ideally locked whenever practical
  • Close and lock windows when you’re not in, and consider fitting toughened glass in the ground floor windows
  • Gravel driveways are great deterrents as they make for a noisy approach to the house

Internal Home Security:

Inside your home there are a few things that you should consider doing to improve security:

  • Door locks should be strong and solid and the frame is also solid and able to support the door, lock and hinges – have a look at our section on fitting and repairing locks
  • Ensure that any doors to the outside are suitable for external doors use
  • Consider fitting a London or Birmingham bar to the door frame; these are strengthening bars fitted on or behind the door frame to prevent the doors being kicked in
  • Fit a door chain to the front door for added protection when answering the door to unknown visitors
  • Draw the curtains and conceal valuables when you are not at home
  • Ensure that there is suitable lighting and consider lights on a timer for when you are not at home
  • Security mark your valuables and/ or photograph them so that it the worst does happen you might have a chance of getting them back if the police do recover them.

There are a lot of things that you can do to be a little more secure, but it is important to simply stay alert and vigilant. If a lock is broken, replace or repair it and the links in this section will help you with fitting or how to replace a lock.