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When you think home security, you probably think elaborate alarm systems with trip lasers and rapid response units. However, home security ranges from advanced alarms systems to make sure your windows are properly secured. Here are some basic home security essentials, many of which can be implemented as a D.I.Y. job.
 
1. Window security
One of the simplest things you can do to protect your home is maintain proper window security. Every window in your home (other than fire escapes) should have key operated locks that are specifically suited to the type of window. The window handles should be multi-locking with bolts going into the frame. You can also add other security features to windows like security tape and security clips for that extra layer of security. Always lock all of your windows when you leave the house, even if you’re not going to be out for long and avoid leaving valuables in plain view. Also, think about using laminated glass as it will stay together when broken, making it more difficult for a burglar to get in through the window. If you have double glazed windows, the locks should be fitted during the manufacturing process and should have locks somewhere other than the handle. Single glazed windows are much easier to break than double glazed windows so you should strongly consider using laminated glass. 
 
2. Door Security
Poorly secured doors are a massive target for burglars but it’s relatively easy to secure your external doors. Solid wooden front doors without glass panels should be solid timber with an automatic deadlocking rim lock around one-third of the way down from the top, and a 5-lever mortice lock around one-third of the way up from the bottom. Backdoors without glass panels should be solid timber with a 5-lever mortice lock and two surface mounted press bolts or two mortice rack bolts. Door frames should be reinforced with metal strips, e.g. London or Birmingham bar. External doors should be a minimum of 4.4cm thick and there should be three 10cmhinges and two hinge bolts to provide that extra layer of security. 
 
3. Lighting Smart
lighting can be a great way to deter potential home invaders, who are far more likely to break into a house with no exterior lighting as they are much less likely to be detected. If you opt for motion triggered exterior lighting, be mindful to position the light strategically to avoid passers-by and animals activating it. A more cost-effective approach is to use low wattage bulbs on a timer that activate at dusk and deactivate at dawn. You can also hook your internal lights up to a timer when you’re away from home so that they turn on and off throughout the day to give the illusion that you’re at home. If that’s not an option, leaving a light on in the living room or a bedroom with the curtains drawn can also give the impression that you’re at home. 
 
4. Security alarms
Security alarms are more advanced and complicated than the other security options. Hard wired alarm systems are generally cheaper than the wireless variety and are also more reliable. Different types of alarms do different things when tripped. Some alarms only make noise, while others contact the police automatically. Speech dialer alarms are designed to contact the homeowner or a designated friend when tripped, whereas some alarms come with a monitoring contract where a company is paid to respond or contact the police when the alarm is tripped. Obviously, sound alarms are on the cheaper end of the scale, while monitored alarms are a more expensive option, as you pay a company regularly instead of a one-off. With these simple tips in mind, you can better protect your home from burglars and intruders without breaking the bank.
 
This is a guest post from Cost2Build UK. They handle any domestic construction project nationwide, with accurate quotes, quality materials, and pre-vetted tradesmen.