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Spring has arrived, which means the temperature is beginning to rise and the bank holiday is just around the corner. Whether you’re heading away or enjoying a staycation, it is important to think about home security. From ensuring windows are shut to keeping the property illuminated, we have put together our top ten tips for keeping your home safe this spring:

 Staying safe at home:

  1. As the weather begins to get warmer, we all open the windows to help rooms cool down and let in some fresh air. It’s important to remember not to leave your downstairs windows open when you’re not in the room and at night
  2. Ensure that you don’t leave valuables lying around. Always move them away from open windows, as it is much easier for a thief to lean in and grab something when it is in plain sight
  3. If you’re spending time in the garden, always check your front door and windows are securely locked before you head outside
  4. Don't tempt thieves by leaving valuables on display in gardens. Garden tools, children's toys, lawn mowers and bikes should all be stored in a secure place at the end of the day, such as a locked garage or shed
  5. Be aware that a burglar could climb on garden furniture or wheelie bins to access upstairs windows. Bulky items such as large gas barbecues or furniture should be covered up, and use chains to anchor garden furniture to the ground, ensuring you position these items away from the house

 Keeping your home safe while you are away:

  1. Ask a friend or family member to keep an eye on your home and regularly remove post from your letterbox to avoid the property looking empty. Make it easy for them to access your home by installing a key safe, like the Supra C500 KeySafe™. It can securely store up to six spare keys and they can simply access the keys with a PIN code of your choice
  2. It isn’t always possible for someone to pop round, so use light switch timers to make it seem as though someone is at home. Choose from traditional devices fitted to individual lights or invest in a smart app-controlled security system that allows you to set lighting schedules form your phone
  3. Lighting in gardens is also important, especially in areas near to doors and windows. Choose outdoor lights that can either be triggered by movement or when it goes dark, so that they come on automatically, potentially deterring anyone who may be trying to look in
  4. If you’re heading away over bank holiday weekend, don’t be tempted to upload your holiday snaps on social media, as it doesn’t take long for burglars to realise that you’re away and your home is empty. Avoid posting holiday pictures until you’re back home or if you can’t wait, ensure your profile is private and can only be seen by your close friends and family
  5. Finally, invest in a good, secure home alarm which can alert you, your neighbours or the police, if someone does try to gain entry to your home

 For more information, advice or support on any of the products from The Key Safe Company, please visit: www.keysafe.co.uk