Winter security at your front door

Beware of burglars who could try to trick their way into your home claiming to be making a delivery for an online store. Four things to keep in mind now the evenings are getting dark:

Smart Home Devices What to Know

It is now easier than ever for people to have their lives at home made simpler and more secure through smart technology and devices, allowing full control of our home at our very fingertips. Smart devices include, cameras that use facial recognition, send notifications to our smart phone and allow remote interaction through two-way audio…

Smart locks issues

Last week, around 500 users of smart locks produced by the US company LockState found that their locks did not work properly after a faulty update was released, leaving users unable to lock and unlock homes. Lockstate apologised but wasn’t able to provide customers with an immediate solution to the issue – it took 5-18…

Hopping away this Easter?

Easter is a great time to spend with your loved ones and for this reason you may be travelling away from home.  Here are 3 steps to keep in mind before you start your Easter break:

I want to ride my bicycle! So keep your cycle safe

So now spring has sprung and the sun is shining, more of you will want to get out and about on your faithful bike again, but make sure your bike is secure. On average 376,000 cycles are stolen every year and over half of all cycle thefts in the UK take place close to home,…

Security made simple

You may have heard of insurers referring to minimum security, but what is it and when do insurers require it? Locks that would comply with minimum security to all final exit doors for most insurers would include; approved to British Standard (BS3621). 

Victim of burglary? What should you do?

Hopefully your home will never be burgled. It is a horrible experience, and expensive; the average cost of a burglary in the UK, including damage to property and stolen property, is well over £2,000. If you do return to your home and find it has been burgled, what should you do? Don’t rush in Don’t…

Doorstep security

As more and more of us use the convenience of shopping online, we have become accustomed to deliveries after dark to our front doors. But beware of burglars who try to trick their way into your home. Four tips: Always use your front door’s spy-hole, or look through a window to see who is at…

Forecast: high winds – put away garden furniture

High winds are forecast in the next few days as Storm Barbara will hit Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland on Friday. If you have a garden, check for any items that could be blown around and cause damage to your property – toys, barbecues, light tables and chairs, even bicycles could all become hazards…

Away for New Year? Don’t come back to January blues at home

Going away over New Year has become more and more popular. If you are going away, you will probably think carefully about the security of your home and how to keep intruders out. But be careful you don’t leave electronic clues for anyone looking for an easy opportunity to break in: Don’t change your landline…

What can you do if flooding is forecast in your area?

Unfortunately, the effects of a flood can be devastating. There are things you can do to prepare your home, which hopefully will reduce the damage. Gas, electricity and water supplies: turn them off at the mains. Contents in your home: move them high up, preferably upstairs, particularly your valuable items.  Unplug all electrical items. Internal…

Five gold rings

Sadly, most of us won’t be given five gold rings on the fifth day of Christmas. But we may well be given, or give, some expensive presents that we would really want back if they were ever stolen. What can you do now to help the police if your valuables are taken by a burglar in the…