Are You Too Trusting With Your Security?
Brits have a reputation for being very trusting people. We like to help people as much as we can and take people at their face value. These are good traits to have but there are people out there who will take advantage of these positive human qualities. Here’s some tips from Home Secure to keep you on your toes.
- It’s hard to believe but a survey commissioned several years ago found that only four out of ten householders lock their doors when they leave the house. Nearly half of trusting Brits (those surveyed) said they’d only lock their door if they were away overnight. Always lock your doors and windows even if you are just nipping to the shops. Install kite marked high security uPVC euro cylinder door locks or 5 lever mortice deadlocks on your front and back doors.
- Tradesmen such as joiner’s, plumber’s, electrician’s etc are on the whole hardworking trustworthy people. When hiring someone do not be swayed by their demeanour, always hire them on their reputation and skill set. Brits can be too polite sometimes and neglect to ask for any ID when it comes to tradespeople. This is a serious problem as you are letting someone work on dangerous appliances in the home that include gas and electrical repairs. Always check to see if an engineer is registered with Gas Safe and have a Gas Safe ID card.
- If you are struggling to find someone to come and do some work on your house then check for reputable local tradesmen on the trust a trader website.
- It is not rude to install security cameras! Burglars hate to see CCTV cameras when they are looking for their next target. Furthermore, if you have installed indoor wireless cameras then its good etiquette to tell tradesmen or nanny’s etc that you have them set up. This way you can have a good trusting bond with that person as well as maintaining your home security.
- Avoid posting personal information on social media! It’s great fun to communicate with friends and family but oversharing can come back to haunt you. Don’t trust everyone that tries to add you, it could be someone fishing for their next target. Only accept friend requests from people you know or seem legitimate.
- Unfortunately, when it comes to online security the younger generations are far too trusting. They believe the tech companies that deal with privacy and online banking will protect them in the long run. Growing up in the age of the internet millennials are used to the infrastructure of the digital age and view it as a positive force. However 57% 18-24 year olds say they have revealed their location when they have been away from home, compared to just 16% of over 55’s. This lets burglars know that you are not at home.