HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE SECURE: TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME

If you’re working remotely or thinking of shifting towards a more flexible schedule where you spend more time at home, we have you covered. We’ll be sharing our best advice and tips on how to protect yourself against burglaries, theft and unwanted intruders in your home.

Many people are turning to remote working, especially during the past year. The benefits of staying home for work are plentiful. With long work commutes being a thing of the past, you have more flexibility in your day and can focus the time you have more efficiently. You may even be able to spend more time for yourself!

However, it can be more challenging than ever when you work at home to make your house safe and secure.    

When you work in an office, the building and employer handles security. Your company will have strict policies on who can enter the premises and how information is protected. That same security level does not exist when you work from home, which means that it is often up to you to take precautions.

At Jim’s Security Doors, we understand home security. We’ll help you find the best security solutions for your home office and household needs. You can trust us to keep you protected. Call us on 13 15 46 for a no-obligation free quote today.

 

THE INSIDE SCOOP ON BURGLARY

Statistics show us the most common type of home burglary is through a window or door.  While the actual event may be fleeting, the impact and emotional, physical and financial ramifications can be devastating for our loved ones and us.

Even though we’ve seen a slight decrease from the previous year, recent data suggests over 1 million households (10.4%) experienced one or more household crimes during the 2019-20 period in Australia.

All it takes is 5 minutes to enter a property for 75% of burglars.

 

  • 3% of all Australian homes have had at least one burglary
  • 4% (238,000) were successful break-ins; however, only 77% are reported
  • 12% (28,000) of these break-ins had to confront their intruder!
  • 9% (185,800) were attempted break-ins
  • 11%+ are estimated to be unreported

 

We often think of burglaries happening at night. The statistics show us the most common time for a burglary to occur is between 10 am and 5 pm on weekdays during office hours, often whilst we are at home.

With the majority (around 80%) of these break-ins committed by someone familiar with your neighbourhood, we can’t let our guard down.

The good news, though? By understanding how, when, and why these crimes occur, we can prevent most break-ins by taking a few simple steps.   

 

PROTECTING YOUR VALUABLES

We think our home is safe, and we so often let our guard down. Even if it seems like there isn’t any apparent risk, it’s wise to keep your valuables either in view or locked away.

The most common items which are frequently stolen include:

  • Cash
  • Laptops and Tablets
  • Mobile Phones
  • Handbags and Wallets
  • Credit Cards and Identification Cards
  • Watches
  • Home Entertainment Systems
  • Prescription and Illegal Drugs

 

It might seem like a harmless decision if you leave your laptop outside in the garden while you go inside for lunch.  It may, however, be VERY costly if someone happens to enter your yard without permission.

Locked cabinets and safe- boxes are a great way to keep your valuables safe from intruders and out of harm’s way.

BECOME SAVVY WITH CYBERSECURITY

In this digital world, it’s not just items at risk but also digital information and technology.

It’s not always practical to rely on an IT team for Cyber Security when you have a distributed workforce and work from different home locations.

We’ve put together some of our best tips for staying safe whilst working from home!

 

  • Install anti-malware and anti-virus software. 
  • Keep your operating system and software up to date. 
  • Avoid using public computers or networks. 
  • Use strong passwords for all accounts, including your email account. 
  • Don’t share personal information about your home/office on Social Media. 
  • Store your work computer safely and back up regularly. 
  • Ensure your windows, doors and entryways to your home are secure. 

 

DON’T LEAVE IT IN THE CAR 

Ever leave your laptop, purse, or any other valuables in the car whilst at home, even for a few minutes?

The majority of car thefts occur in or around your private home. One car is stolen every 11 minutes in Australia, and three-quarters of these cases have left their keys IN the car!

A good rule of thumb is, if your car is accessible to a passer-by, even when parked in your garage or driveway, there is a risk level.   

Many products can help increase your car security. Car alarms, especially those with motion sensors and floodlights, set off an immediate sound warning and send you phone alerts. A good dash camera can also record your car 24/7 and alert you to any motion or vibration.

Installing a high-quality security gate may be an invaluable way to create an extra layer of security and deter burglars from even thinking about entering your premises.

SHOULD YOU USE YOUR DOG FOR SECURITY

SHOULD YOU USE YOUR DOG FOR SECURITY?

You might be surprised to know that a barking dog is the single most effective deterrent for burglars.

Dogs are amazing animals. They might be our cute and fluffy four-legged best friends, but they also have a natural instinct to protect their home and family.

Whether you have a trained guard dog or a family dog, their warning bark can go a long way to creating a natural security system.

It’s essential to recognise that most dogs are not equipped to be on the frontline of security. So, while their bark is a great deterrent, make sure you don’t place them in harm’s way unless they have adequate training.

 

HOME SECURITY SYSTEM 

If you’re looking to heighten security, installing a home security system to feel safer at home might be worth considering.

The first thing that comes into mind whenever you think of safety in today’s world is high tech alarm system. These sophisticated devices are designed with advanced technology and can offer a variety of alert systems. Intelligent alarm devices can give you a warning of potential danger from detecting water leaks, fires, gas leaks, severe weather events such as bushfires or earthquakes and intruder alerts.

KEEPING YOUR ENTRYWAYS SECURE

KEEPING YOUR ENTRYWAYS SECURE 

Home security starts with your windows and doors, as these are the most common entry points for burglars. Whether you work at home or from the office, you certainly don’t want nasty surprises!

 

Creating A Barrier To Entry 

Hands down, the most effective way to deter home burglars is by creating a barrier of entry. Investing in security doors, grills, and entryways is a great way to form that extra layer of protection.

Providing an obstacle for unwanted guests makes it more difficult for them to enter the property. It could save you and your family from being burglarised or threatened with a potential intruder entering through your door.

 

Window and Screens Security

Windows have traditionally been one of the most common entry points for burglars, but they are getting even sneakier!

They know that windows are left open to help with ventilation and fresh air, often when people work remotely. They also know that you feel safe when you are inside your home, and valuables are left out in the open.

Suppose you’re looking for a way to increase your privacy and security whilst keeping it affordable. In that case, a security screen like one-way or privacy mesh or grill may be the perfect answer.

The high-quality mesh, flyscreens and grills provide essential security by restricting visibility for those looking into your property while you can see out.   They additionally fill your home with fresh air and keep your property cool during the warmer months, allowing for ventilation and air flow without sacrificing design or function.  They can be complemented by using a light DVA mesh and come in a vast range of design options and finishes to suit every home and budget.

 

Security Doors To Keep The Burglars Out

One of the most common questions we get asked is: Why do I need a security door when I already have a sturdy lockable door? 

While standard doors can be secure and include a lock, statistics show that this isn’t enough to keep intruders out.  Standard home doors can’t compete with the high level of defence security doors offer.  These superior doors are designed to provide sturdy, reliable protection and deter uninvited guests from entering and looking into your home.

With home security doors, your home doesn’t need to look like a fortress to function like one.  We combine superior artistry with functionality so that your security door and grills don’t just do the job intended, but they look incredible too.

Security doors are highly customisable and designed to provide that extra layer of ironclad security to deter and prevent uninvited guests. They also reduce the cost of insurance and energy usage while raising your home’s aesthetic and market value.

Security Doors To Keep The Burglars Out

OUR QUALITY ASSURANCE GUARANTEEE

At Jim’s Security Doors, you can place your trust in us with customer satisfaction guaranteed.

We have an unrivalled range of the finest quality artisan security doors, windows and gates from which to choose.  All our products are made in Australia with superior artistry and manufactured with the highest-quality materials.

We are proud to offer competitive pricing, experienced staff, reliable support and fast delivery.  No matter your situation or budget, we will endeavour to help you find the ideal solution tailored to your security needs.

We have been proudly manufacturing and installing first-class security doors and windows in Melbourne since 1982. You can be rest assured knowing that we have the trusted professional expertise and skills to secure your property from front to back.

Our highly experienced consultants can help you with all your questions and provide an obligation free measure and quote! Call us on 13 15 46