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8 Home Security Tips For Spring

Spring is finally here. The sun is shining, and we are all feeling a lot more positive. However, while the darker days are behind us, it’s likely you’re venturing out more, so it’s no time to take your eye off the ball when it comes to home security. 

As experts in smart security systems, we’ve put together our top home security tips for spring.

How is home security different in the spring?

Spring is a time when the bare and empty branches of shrubs and trees suddenly burst into life. However, in screening the view of your property from the road, or from your neighbours, they can make it easier for someone to gain unauthorised access to your home.

1. Keep your trees and shrubs under control

Night time house

General garden maintenance plays an important role in spring security.The first of our spring home security tips is to make sure that your trees, hedges and bushes are trimmed back and not allowed to become overgrown. Overgrown shrubbery provides a welcome hiding spot for suspicious characters lurking around your property. Keeping hedges and bushes neat and tidy, is a simple way to deter crime.

2. Check locks for rust

Checking window and door locks is definitely one to put at the top of any spring home maintenance checklist. 

The plummeting temperatures and wet weather over the winter months can impact your window and door locks by causing rust. Check to make sure your locks are not stiff, and that all keys still turn properly giving you a sound locking mechanism. 

If your locks do feel stiff, try lubricating them. If replacements are required, it’s worth checking out the smart locks widely available. Smart locks allow you to control your locks remotely.  Boundary offers IFTTT integration with Nuki locks, enabling you to automatically lock certain doors or windows when you arm your system. No more forgetting to lock the back door!

3. Invest in outdoor lighting

Another home security tip worth considering is installing exterior lights. The evenings are getting lighter; it doesn’t mean you don’t want to illuminate any potential intruders during the darker hours. We advise installing motion sensor lights at any point of entry around your property. Not only will they make your route of entry and exit safer, but they will also shine a bright light on any burglar trying to prize open your front door.

4. Lock up your shed after gardening

The contents of your shed might be rich pickings for an opportunist burglar. A couple of adult bikes (£1,200), two kids bikes (£400), a lawnmower (£100), BBQ (£165) and some garden furniture (£250) and you’re easily up at around £2,000. Not only that, if burglars like what they find outside, they may come back to have a look at what’s inside your home. Giving them easy access to tools that they could use to break into your home is a further security risk. 

If you’ve been outside this spring doing gardening, always make sure that you lock your shed.

Check out our tips on how to secure your shed from burglars.

5. Keep your garage door closed and locked

There are a number of different steps you can take to keep your garage safe. If you have windows, it’s worth thinking about covering them on the inside with secure bars or shutters. If you’re doing work outside during spring, don’t forget to keep your garage door closed and locked, even if you’re walking away for short periods of time. 

Leaving the door open advertises all sorts of expensive equipment to potential burglars, who will return when the coast is clear to steal the items they saw on show.

6. Keep spare keys away from open doors and windows

You should also avoid leaving spare keys for the house, shed or garage lying around. This goes for any time of year, but as it starts getting warmer it’s particularly important. An opportunistic burglar could see an open door or window as a chance to quickly grab keys and come back later.

And hiding them under a rock or in a plant pot is even worse. Instead, keep your spare key in a dedicated key safe protected with a combination code. Ensure car keys are safely stored too, especially if they have a garage opener attached.

7. Take Advantage Of Your Spring Clean

Aside from the home security suggestions we have mentioned so far, another piece of advice is to use your spring clean as an opportunity to record items of value.  Log valuable belongings, jotting down serial numbers, the price paid and take images. It’s a useful exercise to repeat every year to help you stay on top of recent purchases. In the unfortunate event that you are a victim of burglary, it will make reporting what’s missing to your insurance company much easier at a difficult time. 

While you are giving your home a spring clean, it’s also a good time to change any batteries in your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms.

8. Consider A Reliable Security System

Needless to say, one of the best ways to burglar-proof your home during the spring (and at any other point in the year) is by installing security equipment.

The security industry has progressed considerably over the years. Gone are the days of simple alarm systems being all you need to protect your home. Today’s home security systems are smart, and can be operated from anywhere in the world through your smartphone, giving you round the clock reassurance.

When choosing a home security system, there are a number of different factors to consider:

  • What is your budget?
  • How big is your property?
  • Where are you going to install the alarm system?
  • What are you protecting?
  • What is your family’s routine?

You can then start to think about the features you really want. A burglar alarm system is an obvious place to start, but what else do you need?

A home security system, like Boundary, offers smart protection. Not only can you add a traditional outdoor siren, but you can also keep a close eye on your home through the Boundary app with push notifications if your sensors are triggered.

Other features you may want to consider include whether you need pet-friendly sensors, the ability to part-arm sensors for safety while you’re at home, and whether you’d like professional monitoring from an alarm receiving centre or else police response.

At Boundary, you can design your own security system and we have a number of monthly security plans to give you flexibility on how you choose to monitor your property.