How To Prevent Your Home Being Lockpicked By A Burglar

25 July 2018

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to encounter when you get home is a broken front door and most of your most valuable items stolen.  Unfortunately, this is a reality for many people up and down the country with many of our local locksmith calls being emergency related.

So, wat can you do to make sure that you minimise the chances of this happening to you?  Here are a few tips on how to prevent your home from being targeted by criminals.

The Basics

It seems obvious but make sure that the doors and windows in your home are locked at all times.  For many, it’s likely to be routine but it only needs you to forget once in order to leave yourself open to an opportunistic burglar.  When you’re locking up, check, double check and triple check that you’re secure.

Windows and doors

Sometimes, the lock isn’t the problem when it comes to windows and doors.  Make sure the structure and form of all of the windows and doors in your home are well-maintained and up-to-date.  Any flaw or issue with the structure will be seen as an opportunity for a burglar to pick them wide open.


One of the easiest ways to put a burglar off choosing your house to lockpick is to shine a light on it.

A simple light that focuses on the external doors and windows of your home will literally highlight anyone who tries to tamper with the locks of your home.  It should prevent any burglar from picking your home for tampering with.


Getting CCTV or any type of camera installed is an upgrade from external lighting solutions but provides you with an extra layer of security should the worst happen.  Unlike lights, this will provide you with evidence of any misgivings, as well as a way to see outside your home at all times.


Replacing the locks you have or adding additional locks are a great way to add an extra level of security to your home without shelling out too much money.  Adding a deadbolt that extends beyond the inside of your door frame for example, can make your home less enticing for prospective criminals.  Keep on top of the first line of defence that comes with your already installed windows and doors, then add to them.

Do all you can to make sure that your home stays safe and free from incident.

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