Why Home Security Should be High on your List When Moving House

A survey by lock manufacturer Yale asked 2,000 people about their top concerns when moving into a new home. Of the top 50 results the survey revealed that home security is 43rd on the list of priorities. Home security was beaten by things such as how much decorating there’d be before the house felt like their own, or whether there’s enough space for a dishwasher. However not paying attention to your home security before you move in could leave your home vulnerable to theft, damage and the associated costs. Why do we ignore home security? Express.co.uk has revealed that only 43% of people own a home security product. In addition, 70% don’t bother to install a burglar alarm and 60% would ignore it if it was going off. Shockingly, it’s also been found that 16% of people don’t even lock their doors and windows when they leave the house! However new homes are more vulnerable to home security threats since they are more easily targeted by burglars. In fact, figures from the Home Office report that homeowners in the first 12 months of living in their new property are nearly twice as likely to be burgled. This may be due to many break-ins being committed by burglars who are within two miles of the targeted home. Living close by gives thieves the chance to learn about the houses on the market, as well as your daily routine or signs that you’re away once you’ve moved in. The average burglary takes between 6 and 10 minutes, so it’s extremely important to properly secure your new home when moving. Moving checklist:...

The Benefits of installing ABS Anti Snap Locks

If you want to improve your home security, installing high security locks is a sensible place to start.  It will strengthen your first line of defence and make it more difficult for anyone to break into your property. The majority of doors in the UK are fitted with standard cylinder locks, but armed with a hammer or screwdriver and no necessary expertise, a burglar can break this type of lock in under 3 minutes.  Once they have snapped the cylinder the rest of the lock becomes vulnerable and in very little time they will have gained unauthorised access to your property and the belongings therein. You might have several locking points or even deadbolts fitted to your door, but the main lock cylinder is the weakest point and once this is compromised your other attempts at home security may be futile. So, how to protect your home from lock snapping? Install Anti Snap Locks ABS locks feature a strengthened anti snap cylinder which will protect your property against lock snapping, bumping, drilling or picking – common techniques which burglars use to force their way into your home. Standard euro cylinder locks can be directly replaced by anti snap locks very quickly by a professional locksmith.  If anyone should attempt to snap the lock it will only break at the anti-snap line, leaving the rest of the locking mechanism intact and thus protecting you against forced entry. Whilst you can order ABS anti snap locks online and fit them yourself it is worth remembering that even a high security lock that has been incorrectly fitted may not protect you in...

Is House Sitting the Newest Form of Home Security?

Lights, noise, cars parked on the drive – all the signs that someone is at home – are strong deterrents for potential burglars looking for easy targets. But what about when you’re away for a weekend or you’re on holiday? Of course, you can have your neighbours take in your mail to make it less obvious that you’re away, or watch your home for you, however your home is still vulnerable to theft or damage when left unoccupied. Burglars can be extremely resourceful, which means that simply locking your doors and windows isn’t enough. This Is Money claims that 80% of burglaries occur in unoccupied homes. And according to Moneyfacts.co.uk, it’s estimated that the average home insurance claim for theft or damage in an unoccupied home is £2,146. Not only this, but coming home from your holiday to find that your possessions have been tampered with or taken, and your home intruded, can have a severely distressing emotional impact. That’s why an increasing number of homeowners are looking to house sitting as an additional home security measure. While you’re away having a trusted house-sitter will help to put off thieves from targeting your property, and they can also ensure that your home is protected from unexpected damages. House sitting and home security in the UK Research from Policy Expert shows that 45% of homeowners in the UK rely on house sitters when going away:   68% trust in family and friends 20% ask their neighbours to check in 25% of house sitters pop in every now and then 15% of them stay for the duration of the holiday  ...
Going Back to Basics with Home Security

Going Back to Basics with Home Security

The 2016 National Home Security Month campaign reported that a burglary happens in the UK around every 40 seconds. Having your property broken into and your possessions stolen or damaged is a horrifying thought, though with a few basic home security measures burglary can be prevented.   In fact, Police.uk has stated that homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Here we’ll share some of these simple things you can do to protect your home and ensure your safety: Keep your front and back door and windows locked In the UK it’s estimated that 40% of burglaries occur when a house is empty. This shows that even if you are home, you’re still vulnerable to someone trespassing and stealing. Keeping your front and back door locked will make it harder for burglars to break in. And something as simple as installing a deadlock and high quality anti-snap locks on your doors could deter burglars altogether. If effective home security measures are evident, the chances are burglars will not target your property. Making sure that you lock windows and doors will also keep your home insurance valid if you do need to make a claim. Your insurer might not pay out if there are no signs of a forced entry, so don’t forget to remind the people in your house on this easy precaution! Team up with your neighbours It has been found that for every 100 crimes, over a quarter have been prevented by Neighbourhood Watch schemes. Neighbourhood Watch schemes are a key crime prevention...

Securing your Rented Home on a Budget

With a decline in the number of new houses being built and house prices increasing by up to 7% per year, renting a property is now an attractive option.  In fact, it was recently revealed that in many cities around the UK, including London and Cambridge, renting is still cheaper than buying.  If you are going down the rental route, chances are it is a temporary arrangement whilst you can save up the money needed to put down a deposit on a new house, so with this in mind you will need to spend your hard-earned cash wisely. We have a few tips that can help you to secure your rented property on a budget: Test lighting in communal areas – poorly lit hallways and staircases in apartment blocks make for tempting burglary targets, so by testing the lighting in your communal areas you can report any lights that are not working properly to your landlord. Your neighbours might thank you for your proactivity too as it will also make their property more secure. Research crime stats for the area – whilst it doesn’t make the best bedtime reading, researching the history of crime in your area may reveal crime hotspots and areas to avoid, which might be helpful prior to signing a lease – particularly if you are torn between two properties. Replace your door locks – of course you will need to check with your landlord first, but changing the locks will give you peace of mind that previous tenants can no longer access the property. By upgrading to high security locks such as ABS anti snap...

Did you take part in the Chubb Challenge?

Making sure that your home is secure is so important that Chubb Locksmiths took to the internet to get the message across. The 30 day Fact challenge was a way to create some awareness about the importance of having a locksmith to hand.   We presented you with facts and information about the history of locks, recommended times to change your locks and what to in case of an emergency. We’ve summed up 30 days of facts in one article for you to read through just in case you missed it on our social media, enjoy! The earliest known lock was found in the ancient ruins of Assyria. In ancient Egypt, keys were a symbol of wealth as they were very expensive. Harry Houdini was a locksmith before becoming an escapologist. The most frequent method damaging a lock to aid a break in is ‘lock snapping’ where the cylinder in broken. Anti-snap locks don’t allow this to happen. The most popular locks are key locks but locks can also be found as fobs, codes, cards or biometric information. A well-established locksmith can copy virtually any key. The first combination lock was invented in 1957 by an American called James Sargent. Some of his original designs are still used today. Most Burglaries take place between 10am and 3pm. An astonishing 34% of the burglars enter through the front door. It is recommended for you to change the locks if you have just moved into a new home. If your locks get rust, eventually you won’t be able to unlock them. If deadbolts aren’t installed properly, they won’t give protection. It’s...

Are you getting the message about Home Security?

If you follow us on social media you may have noticed that we have been posting facts about home security and locks daily under the #ChubbChallenge. The whole point of this series of posts is to capture your attention. We want to raise awareness of how important it is to have a local locksmith to protect your home. The average person will only think to call a locksmith when they’ve been locked out of their home. But, did you know that there are so many other reasons you should be calling your locksmith? Not to mention the state of the art ABS locks that are available with anti-snap technology! Check out the image below to help you understand...

Introducing the Chubb Challenge

Chubb locksmiths presents the Chubb Challenge. What is this? I hear you ask. At the start of the year we got our heads together to think of a new way to get across the message of how important home security is, in particular making sure your keys are safe. So, we created the #ChubbChallenge as a fun yet informative way of raising awareness of this matter. Every day, for 30 days, we will be presenting you with a fun fact regarding locks and home security. You’ll be able to retweet this and share it on your Facebook. Changing the locks isn’t only beneficial if you’ve lost the keys, you may need to change them for so many other reasons. Keep a look out for our challenge and make sure you like and share it! Keep up to date on all our social sites by searching...

Home Security New Year Resolutions

When you can’t decide whether your New Year’s resolution should be to lose weight, join a gym or get a new job, why not put home security to the top of your list instead? It’s a very valid resolution when you consider that your home is what protects you and your family, enabling you to enjoy all the other activities, so why not start with the most important item on the agenda – increasing your home security. Here are some small changes you can make in the New Year to protect your home against theft and break-ins: Change the locks – the average cylinder lock can be broken into in 60 seconds or less and yet 90% of UK homes still have this type of lock! Upgrading to Anti Snap Locks takes as little as 15 minutes and can protect your home against forced entry. Recommended by the Police and used in City Council target hardening programmes, these high security locks use a strengthened cylinder which is incredibly resistant to snapping. You’ll sleep more soundly in your bed in the New Year by making this your number one resolution. Get into the habit – if you have been a bit slack with your home security over the last year, make it your new year’s resolution to get into the habit of locking the doors, setting the alarm and ensuring your security lights are working. These simple checks will take seconds but they might prevent your home from being broken into. Who has my keys? – it’s a simple task but reviewing who has a set of keys to your...

How House Sharing is Changing Home Security

Home security is changing. Lack of affordable housing across the UK is making rentals more popular than ever, with many of our cities’ larger properties being split into houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) to take advantage of the profit margins of housing as many people as possible in one property. It stands to reason that the more people who have a key to the front door, the higher the risk to home security. There are more chances that keys will be lost, stolen or duplicated without the homeowners’ knowledge. As renting is often a short-term solution, keys can change hands very frequently which further adds to the security risks. For this reason, many large buildings that accommodate multiple dwellers, such as student accommodation, now prefer to use access control systems to give an added layer of security for residents. The house sharing phenomenon also means that more emphasis is placed on the security of interior doors, such as those to individual tenants’ rooms and any shared cupboards. All of these should be lockable to increase security and reduce the risk of theft, which is of course more common in shared accommodation. It is predicted that home security will become more like that seen in the commercial setting as properties are increasingly used by higher volumes of people. Property landlords, owners and private tenants will all need to make sure that they are aware of the security risks of the changing residential landscape so that property, belongings and personal safety are assured. If you are worried about home security at your shared accommodation speak to Chubb Locksmiths today on 0121...