Home security: three psychological tricks
The safety of your family is your first priority in life. Naturally, you want to protect your home and possessions too. So let’s be clear, there is no substitute for a good lock.
Home security starts with finding a trustworthy locksmith working with the latest ‘anti-snap’, ‘anti-bump’ and ‘anti-drill’ technologies..
Alongside good locks though, there are actually psychological tricks you can play to improve your home security. They’re clever tricks but they’re easy to follow and cost you little or nothing:
- Close your garden gate. You’d be amazed how many opportunist burglars walk past a closed gate and on to a house with an open gate down the road. To a criminal mind, an open gate can feel like an invitation to look around. Psychologically, however subconsciously, closing your garden gate is an act of mentally securing the perimeter of your property. The kind of people who routinely close their gate are also, therefore, the kind of people who always ensure their doors and windows are locked and the burglar alarm is set when they go out or go to bed. But if you’ve casually left your gate wide open, a criminal will wonder what else you’ve left open – the back door perhaps?
- Pretend to be home when you go out. Burglars seem to be the only people in the world who don’t like Ed Sheeran’s music. After all, no criminal wants to be caught walking into an occupied house, so the sound of Ed Sheeran’s voice coming from your living room may well be enough to convince the would-be intruder to leave your home alone and look for an empty property elsewhere. In fact, you went out hours ago and deliberately left the radio on. Good work. You’ve kept your home safe.
- Tidy garden toys away. To a criminal mind, toys indicate a family home, which means a mother, and more importantly her jewellery, live there. Don’t let those seemingly unimportant toys in the front garden attract a burglar to your house.
There are many home security tips in our blog posts but our first point in this particular article remains critical – there really is no substitute for a good lock. Call us now at SR Key Solutions.