With many people adding extra space to their homes and contributing to the value of their property by building extensions, security is something that can easily go amiss. Knowing that your home is safe is one thing, but have you considered how your extension may be making your home less secure?
You need to make sure that your entire home, new extension, garage or conservatory included, is protected from burglaries and not just the original structure.
Windows and Doors
Locking your windows and doors sounds like common sense but 30% of burglaries occur through entering using an open or unlocked window. It is important to remember to lock the windows and doors of your extension, particularly if you have just built a conservatory that may not have been used since summer.
It is worth checking every time you leave your home that the windows and doors to your extension are closed and locked, as somebody else may have opened them or you may have forgotten to secure them last time you used the room.
Check the type of locks you are using for your doors and windows as this is the most common way for burglars to enter a property. It is possible to install double locks or even roller shutters to guarantee that your windows will not open when forced. These security measures are easy to find from specialist companies, such as Banham.
In 1995, the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed that 9% of households were victims of burglary within the year. The 2013/14 statistics show that this percentage has decreased substantially to 3%. This is largely due to the new technology that we have been able to advance in, and many homes all over the country use CCTV monitoring to both deter burglars and observe any suspicious activity.
If you have CCTV installed in your home, remember to check whether your new extension is covered by the view of the cameras as well. It is important that you cover the new areas of your property as blind spots will prolong any untoward behaviour from being detected.
According to the statistics collected by the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 779,000 incidents of burglary occurred in 2013/14. In addition to this, those living in urban areas were more likely to have been victims compared to those living in rural areas. This is one of the main reasons why home owners use alarm systems so that neighbours can be alerted to an attempted break in.
Having built a new extension, your alarm system will also need to be extended so that you can protect the extra space in your home. This is easily done and is not too costly – definitely worth the money when it secures your new build!
If these things are sorted, you can be sure that your extension is not making your home less secure and is in fact increasing its worth. These are things that need to be thought about when thinking about building an extension too, as you want to make sure that your property will still be protected!