How to keep your home secure

Whether you’ve just moved in and want to keep your new property protected, are selling up and want to reassure potential buyers, or simply want to prepare for the unexpected, there are a number of ways you can improve the security of your home to protect against theft or break-in.

Replace the locks

It can be difficult to keep track of who holds keys to your property, and impossible if you’ve just moved in. It’s good practice to change your locks every few years, and for extra security, ensure all windows, garage doors and side gates have working locks.

Install an alarm system

Home improvement stores offer a wide range of simple yet effective alarm systems to deter unwanted visitors. Some modern systems allow you to set up home zones, ideal if you want to alarm the house at night but leave certain areas free for bathroom trips or pets roaming around. Wireless systems allow for the greatest flexibility, while some wired systems can be monitored by a security company.

Install a two-way intercom

Intercoms allow you to check who’s at the front door or gate before letting them in. Opt for one with a screen to see the caller as well as hear them.

Set up CCTV

A great visual deterrent, modern CCTV systems start recording when movement is detected around your home, and can include night-vision mode and remote access via your smartphone.

Rethink where your keys are stored

Many homeowners store their keys in the hallway or right by the front door. Unfortunately, thieves can spot these through letterboxes and smash the glass or feed a wire hook through the letterbox to retrieve they keys. Keep your keys well away from the front door to avoid such incidences.

Consider outdoor lighting

Sensor-driven lighting above your front and back doors can startle potential intruders and discourage them from trying to enter.

Secure the shed

It’s easy to forget, but the contents of your shed can be worth a lot of money. Protect your power tools, bikes and barbecues with a strong lock and alarm system, or better yet, a sturdy metal shed.

Invest in a safe

For optimum protection of your valuables, install a safe in your home. Floor or wall safes can be easily concealed so thieves won’t know where to look.


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Protecting your possessions in storage and transit

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There’s a lot at stake during your move, so it’s important to make sure you are adequately prepared. Aside from the money, time and effort it takes to move home, you need to take into account everything you are moving with you. Your furniture, clothes, and belongings may hold great value, whether financial or emotional. Nobody wants to arrive at their new home to find that some of their prized possessions and treasured memories have been lost or broken during the move.

You may be moving out of one home and into another on the same day, so will only need to protect your belongings during the moving process. Alternatively, you may be moving country, or may have to store your possessions while in between properties, so you’ll need to take this into account when protecting your belongings.

When you move home, make sure your goods are packed securely in clearly labelled boxes. For more valuable items, it’s always best to secure them with padding, such as bubble wrap, to add an extra layer of protection.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family, or hire a professional removal company who can make the packing and moving process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

If you need to store some of your belongings during your move, use a company you can trust. Pickfords have a nationwide network of storage facilities, with a solution to suit every situation.