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How to secure your home and business this summer

May 5, 2019 Steve Sherbourne

Office and home security are important year-round but in summer months it’s more important than ever to stay on top of security around your premises. With windows likely to be opened during the day, buildings unoccupied (whether due to holidays or simply spending time in the garden) and the longer days providing more light to see potential valuables in properties – it’s prime time for your premises to be targeted.

But fear not! There’s plenty you can do to ensure your home or business is secure and a few preventative methods go a long way, leaving you to enjoy the sun in peace.

Plan for time away from your property

Leaving your property vacant for a period of time over the summer may be unavoidable, but it doesn’t mean you have to leave it vulnerable. For businesses, if a member of staff who is usually responsible for securing your office at the end of the day is away on annual leave, ensure another individual is able to take on this task. In summer months when windows are more likely to be left open, it’s essential that they are checked at the end of a working day and usual processes aren’t neglected.

At home, ensuring your property is secure and valuables are hidden before going away is vital. Many experts advise leaving blinds and curtains open as to not advertise that your house is empty. Having a motion-sensor security light outside your property (front and back) can also help to prevent burglaries. It’s also advised not to advertise that you’re away from the home publicly across social media, as these sites can be used to scout out potentially vacant properties.

Carry out window and door maintenance checks

Knowing the condition of access points around your property is essential to knowing what you’re dealing with and where security can be improved. Carry out checks around your property, looking out for wear and tear around access points and whether there is any need for repairs.

Keeping your windows and doors in good condition can also act as a deterrent for burglars, who are less likely to target properties where access appears harder – having your doors and windows replaced or repaired before they look worn can save you money and hassle in the long-term.

At Windrush Doors and Window Services we carry out a range of maintenance and repair tasks that help protect your home and business, preventing unnecessary emergency call outs. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help improve the lifespan of your doors and windows, protect your property and provide you peace of mind this summer.

This June Windrush installed 39 Pvcu windows to our student accommodation block at Rewley Abbey Court. The work required them to install the windows while residents were in occupation, some with young children. Windrush carried out a full risk and method statement and appraisal to carry out the works in a safe manner with multi-occupation to consider. Full scaffolding and access booms were used with everything being alarmed and fenced off with appropriate signage in place. The Windrush team involved had all the necessary accreditation holding CSCS cards, asbestos awareness trained, CRB checked etc. The windows were as per our requested specification with Windrush being the most competitive out of the competition. The College are very pleased with all aspects of the work carried out and will be using Windrush on our future projects.

Steve Williams, Buildings and Estates

Green Templeton College, Oxford

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Alex Jordan, Site Manager

Swinbrook Court, Langdale Gate, retirement and sheltered housing, Witney, Oxon

I would just like to say that I was very impressed by the two young men who came to do the windows yesterday, they were very efficient, had impeccable manners and they cleared up after themselves which was a joy.

Windrush serviced two Velux windows and re-glazed with new sealed units, re-glazed a bedroom window with three sealed units, and re-glazed a conservatory upgrading sealed units to “Low E Argon” gas and thermal bar

Emma Sadler

Yew Tree Farm, Abingdon Road

During the School holidays the Windrush team carried out window adaption works for the School. Windrush installed remote window winding equipment to our high level windows that have been a health and safety issue with pupils and staff standing on chairs to open. I can recommend Windrush for their professional approach, competitive pricing and ability to accommodate our requirements during a busy time with many other trades on site. They were willing to change their work schedule to accommodate changing circumstances on site.

Neil Baker, Estates Manager

St Helen & St Katherine School, Abingdon, Oxon

Windrush recently attended our Academy and replaced damaged window hinges and handles with great success. The Windrush Team who carried the work out were very professional with the work being carried out during normal School hours. The Health and Safety aspect being covered with the adoption of measures from their risk assessment and method statement being carried out.

Steve Bryan, Estates Team

The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane, Oxford

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