Tips to secure your home from the outside

Swinton "Home How To" handy guide for securing your home outside

As part of our ‘Home How To’ video series we have created a handy guide to help you secure your home from the outside.

As part of our ‘Home How To’ video series, we have created a handy guide to help you secure your home from the outside.


Light in or around your house doesn’t just mean your houselights. Here’s something we rarely ever do – look at the lights in your street. Make sure they’re all working.

TIP: Contact your council to report a problem with a street light.

Sidepaths, dark entrance ways, back gardens  all call for an external light to act as a deterrent to thieves.


House alarms can provide a deterrent to potential criminals. There are lots of good home alarm systems available these days depending on your budget. You can find a range of options online or at your local DIY store.


Fences, walls and hedges are a good way to deter thieves and make it more difficult for them to access your property.  Try adding a bit of trellis on top of a fence – it gives height, visibility and it’s light which means it won’t support weight if someone climbs over it.

Check with your local planning authority about height restrictions before you carry out any work on your fences, walls and hedges


Don’t help thieves out by leaving spare keys under mats or in letterboxes. Burglars will check these places.

Now we’ve shown you ways to help you keep your home secure from the outside, if you need any more tips from our ‘Home How To’ series, you can find them by


Our “Home How To” videos bring you handy hints which we hope will save you time and money, but please remember, this video is a general one and may not be suitable for your specific purpose. This video is not intended as a substitute for professional help or guidance, always speak to a trained professional and where applicable, always consult manufacturer’s handbook.


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