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To help keep your home and belongings safe this autumn, improve your home security with these top 5 tips from Swinton Insurance: Ring a bell We all know that installing a burglar alarm can act as a deterrent to thieves, but what sort of system should you choose? Be sure to do your research to find the best burglar alarm for your needs, whether that’s a bells-only, wireless or monitored alarm. And don’t forget to update your alarm code on a regular basis for extra peace of mind! Lock it down Having the right locks is vital in helping to protect against burglary. From traditional mortice locks to modern smart locks, there’s a whole host to choose from. Remember: If you’re not confident about your DIY skills, it might be worth finding a licensed locksmith to fit your locks correctly. Light ‘em up The last thing a burglar wants is to be caught committing a crime, so think about illuminating any potential hiding places outside your home with security lighting. If your security light is triggered, your neighbours will be alerted that someone is trying to break in. This is particularly useful as the nights start to draw in. Not in my back yard You should look at keeping your fences and hedges in decent condition, as any gaps could offer easy access for intruders. Remove anything that can be climbed onto, such as bins and ladders, and don’t leave any tools on display. Also, make sure that your shed is securely locked! Happy holidays If you’re planning a getaway this autumn, ask a friend or trusted neighbour to keep an eye on things, and use timer switches on your lights to give the impression that someone’s home. Remember: Don’t post about your whereabouts on social media – by doing this, you’re advertising the fact that your home is empty, making it a very attractive prospect to crooks!