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Secure Your UK Home Smartly

Written by  Nov 12, 2019

In order to keep your home safe there are several things you can do to reduce the risk. Please read on for more details.

Set Up a Security System

We would recommend that you employ some form of a security system, whether it’s a basic DIY system or one that comes with professional monitoring and home automation. Today there are plenty of home security options for every budget and every level of protection. To choose a system that you’re comfortable with, evaluate the needs of your locality and your house.

  • DIY installation vs. professional installation
  • Customer service and brand reputation
  • Smart home capabilities
  • Upfront and monthly costs
  • Extras like smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring

Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

Your home wireless network is a doorway to your personal and financial information. And if you use home automation, it can also make your house vulnerable to a break-in. Use our tips and tricks to keep hackers off your home network.

  • Secure your wireless router.
  • Enable WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) as an absolute minimum or WPA2 encryption (recommended).
  • Rename and hide your home network.
  • Use a firewall.
  • Install antivirus and anti-malware protection.
  • Create strong passwords.

Add Security Cameras

You’ve probably seen headlines about burglars being foiled by security camera footage. This is one home security solution that works as both a deterrent and a means to get justice. You can get security cameras that are part of a complete home security system, or you can use cameras that work on their own. Whichever way you go, we recommend using a security camera with a mobile app, so you can see footage in real time and store it if you ever need to go to the police. Check out these essential features:

  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Weatherproofing

Buy a Safe

In the event that someone gets by your other home security strategies, make sure that valuables are protected. An in-home safe is a secure depository for everything from jewellery to vital documents like passports. You want a safe that is fire-resistant, waterproof, and heavy enough that a thief can’t walk away with it. Follow these suggestions to get the most protection from your safe.

  • Look for safes with redundant locks (that’s two locks on one safe).
  • Select the right size safe for the valuables you want to protect.
  • Decide if you want a portable safe or one that’s anchored securely.

Use Home Automation

If you’ve been tempted to turn your regular house into a smart home, security is one compelling reason to follow through. Home automation can give you remote (or scheduled) control of lights, locks, security cameras, smoke alarms, and other safety devices. You can get real-time alerts about suspicious activity, so you can respond quickly and thwart potential thieves. Here are some of our favourite ways to use home automation to increase security.

  • Schedule lights (and your TV) to turn on and off when you’re on holiday.
  • Scare away unwanted strangers with two-way talk through a smart doorbell.
  • Get an instant video feed whenever someone walks up your driveway.
  • Check on a smoke or CO2 alarm and cancel false alarms from your smartphone.

Final Thoughts

Working out how to secure your home doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t have to do everything at once. Identify which strategies are most important to you, and make a plan to add the rest later. Being aware of potential security risks and taking action early is the best way to keep your home and loved ones safe. Smart home technology is there for your convenience and for your peace of mind, why not make the most of what is on offer and fully protect your home.

This article contain Amazon affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.

Sam Collins

Sam is the most experienced member of the team having worked for 19 years in the tech industry and now tech journalism. He is full of passion for all things tech and this comes across in his work.

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