How To Improve Your Home Security

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There are lots of ways you can secure your home to prevent criminals from gaining entry and stealing your possessions. Take 15 minutes and give your house a self-assessment using this guide by Secured by Design for lots of simple tips.

How To Improve Your Home Security


  • Follow our advice to decide what elements you need to improve in your home
  • If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables
  • Always identify 2 or 3 companies that provide the security you need to compare quality and price
  • Choose a supplier by:
  • Looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet our high standards
  • Recommendation from friends
  • A member of a nationally recognised organisation specialising in security
  • Check ID before allowing visitors into your home
  • Suggest areas of home security you would like to improve to your potential suppliers and ask for a written quote detailing the work and the cost. Compare prices with competitors before agreeing
  • Save money by using your DIY skills to fit approved products


  • Never discuss your security needs with doorstep or telephone callers
  • Do not agree to work without a written quote detailing the work and cost
  • You should not disclose personal information like health problems or high risk items including jewellery until you have decided on your supplier and believe it’s essential for their work
  • Under no circumstances go to your bank or cash machine with an installer or salesman.
  • Only pay for the work once the job is completed to your satisfaction. You can ask a friend or family member for a second opinion.

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Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
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