It's easy to become complacent with our security. Because we don't experience crime first hand, we develop a false sense of security. This is what burglars prey on;  the unprepared. Follow these tips to ensure that you don't become a crime statistic.

Secure your windows

Insecure windows are a common attack vector in home burglaries. Many people fail to close all of their windows, particularly during hot summer nights. Also, some windows mechanisms can be easily forced. Make sure your windows all have locks and other security mechanisms to prevent them from being opened from the outside.

Don't leave keys under plant pots

You might think your spare key is safe stashed in a secret place near your front door, but all it takes is a glimpse from an opportunist criminal as you're fetching your key and it's game over.

A better solution is to leave a key with a trusted neighbour or family member..

Fit an alarm system

A burglar alarm systems is one of the first things in people's minds when the subject of home security arises. However, how many people actually have these alarms in their homes? Very few.

Many people are put off by the thought of having wires run throughout their home, or prohibitively high prices. However, many modern alarm systems are wireless and the costs involved have plummeted, as with most electronic equipment.

Modern electronic alarm systems boast a huge range of features too, such as the ability to receive SMS text notification when the alarm is triggered, along with the ability to monitor the system from the internet. Some alarm systems will even integrate with home automation systems to give you total control of your home environment.

Fit security lighting

PIR (passive infra-red) security lights are a simple, inexpensive and elegant solution to the issue of dingy driveways and back gardens. Not only will a security light deter the opportunist thief, but they are also a handy way of lighting your path as you enter and leave your home.