Launching our new campaign, Yale it!
Protect Your Heart, and Your Home
According a recent survey*, 74% of homeowners said their most expensive possession is not the most valuable to them. The survey revealed that, although computers and jewellery are the most expensive items owned, people’s most precious and sentimental items include photographs, letters, inherited items and their children’s drawings.
Although it can be inconvenient and distressing if higher value items such as TVs and laptops are stolen, in the majority of cases they are replaceable. However, it can be an entirely different story when it comes to rare, bespoke or sentimental items.
The same can be said for the memories and associations a family home holds, whether it’s family dinners every Sunday, building a den in the living room with the kids, or BBQs with friends in the garden. If a home is every broken into, these memories are compromised, and Yale wants to avoid this at all costs.
That’s why the ‘Yale it’ campaign urges homeowners to consider the ways in which they can keep their treasured possessions safe. By thinking about investing in a house alarm, or changing your locks when you move, a few simple steps can make a big difference to keeping your home (and the memories it holds) protected.
To reinforce this, the experts at Yale have picked out their top five home security tips:
1. Secure all external doors
It sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people move into a new home and don’t change the locks! Check your insurance policy to make sure all your external door locks meet the standard stipulated.
2. Don’t forget the windows
Windows are a common point of entry for burglars. Make sure all your windows are fitted with at least one appropriate lock, especially ground floor windows which have the potential to be accessed easily.
3. Set your alarm
Studies have shown that a well-fitted and maintained burglar alarm system makes you less likely to become a victim of burglary**. As well as providing a visual deterrent to potential burglars, alarms are vital for alerting your neighbours.
4. Sheds, garages and outbuildings
Many outbuildings contain sought-after valuable items, as well as ladders and tools that could prove useful for a burglar. Heavy-duty padlocks, hasps and staples are recommended, as well as anchor locks and cables, which can secure individual items.
5. Valuables and document security
Every year, more than 100,000 people in the UK are affected by identity theft***. To protect yourself, important documents, passports and other valuables should be stored in a home safe, bolted securely to the floor or wall. In addition, unwanted documents containing sensitive information should be shredded.
For more information, please visit www.yale.co.uk, search for /YaleUK on Facebook, or follow @YaleSecurity on Twitter.
**Metropolitan Police Office