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Keeping Your Home Secure: Tips from Your Local Bristol Locksmith

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As a locksmith serving the Bristol area for over 25 years, the team at Williams Locks understands the importance of keeping your home secure and maintaining a high level of security. Your home is your sanctuary and should always feel like a safe haven for you and your loved ones. While no security system is infallible, there are several steps you can take to deter burglars and protect your property. In this blog post, we’ll share our professional advice on how to keep your home as secure as possible.

The Front Door: Your First Line of Defence
Your front door is the main entry point into your home, so making sure it is as secure as possible is a must. We always recommend installing a solid core or steel door rather than a standard hollow wood one. The extra strength of the material will make it much harder to kick in or break down. Deadbolt locks are also essential, preferably with longer one inch bolts rather than the standard half-inch. Go for deadbolts with reinforced strike plates to prevent the door jamb from giving way. A peephole viewer and wide-angle lens will allow you to see who is at your door without opening it.

Upgrade Home Locks
While you may already have basic locks on your doors and windows, consider upgrading them for better security. We recommend high-quality cylinder locks, which offer protection against lock bumping, picking, drilling, and other break-in methods. Swap out any old or damaged locks across your home. Padlocks are also useful for securing gates, sheds, and other external access points on your property.

Install a Burglar Alarm
A home security system, complete with door and window sensors, motion detectors, and monitored alarm, adds a major layer of burglary protection. Modern systems can even send instant alerts to your smartphone when the alarm is triggered, so you can respond in real-time if someone is attempting to break in. We recommend getting a system professionally installed for full coverage across your home, with no weak spots for thieves to exploit. Make sure your security company offers 24/7 professional monitoring too.

Secure Windows and Sliding Doors
Windows and sliders, especially on the ground floor, are targets for burglars as they typically have basic locks that are quick to bypass. Upgrade to keyed window locks and install dowels or vent locks for an added layer of security on those vulnerable windows. For sliding doors, a bar lock or “Charlie bar” can secure them even if the lock is somehow compromised. Keep all windows and sliders locked, even when you are at home. Outdoor motion sensor lighting is also wise for illuminating any glass entry points at night.

Create the Illusion of Occupancy
When away on vacation, work trips, or just out for the day, make your home look occupied to deter potential thieves from targeting it. Put interior lights on random timers so it seems like someone is home. Avoid obvious signs of vacancy, like piled up mail or newspapers. If possible, have a trusted friend or neighbour keep watch, walk through the house periodically, and park their car in the driveway now and then.

Focus on Vulnerable Areas
Take time to evaluate your home for any weak spots in your security plan and take steps to remedy them. Storage or garden sheds often have minimal protections and can be easy targets. Strengthening the locks, alarms, and lighting around these structures helps reduce their appeal to burglars. Keep garages locked too, as they contain tools like bolt cutters or other tools that can help thieves gain entry into your home.

Protect Valuables
Minimise theft opportunities by keeping valuables out of sight and safely secured. Avoid leaving expensive electronics, jewellery, cash, and other tempting items in plain view through windows. Store such items away in locked cabinets, safes, or even bank vaults for the highest value possessions. We also recommend that you keep an inventory to help with insurance claims in the unfortunate event items are stolen, including photos and receipts if possible.

Follow Locksmith Advice
As your local professional locksmiths, the Williams Locks team makes security recommendations and installations across Bristol every day. We stay up to date on the latest home security solutions and locks to keep families, homes, and assets as protected as possible. Follow our tips and advice, and contact us if you ever need security services for your home or business. With proper precautions, you can feel at ease knowing your property has strong defences against burglary and crime. Stay vigilant, make smart security decisions, and invest in high-quality locks to keep your home and family safe.