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.
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.
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.