WE’VE all been spending less in lockdown – including on household insurance.
But as we start venturing out again it becomes important to protect your home once more.
Fortunately it doesn’t have to come at a huge cost.
I spoke to Izzy Schulman, director at locksmith Keys4U, who shared his tips for keeping your property safe without breaking the bank.
NAIL IT: Izzy says: “Over a quarter of burglaries are a result of simply forcing entry, which can take just seconds.
“You can easily reinforce your door to protect against brute force.
"One cost-effective way is to replace the screws holding the strike plate and hinges with longer ones.
“Use screws around 7cm to 8cm long so they reach beyond the door frame and into the structure of the house.”
LOCKED AWAY: Izzy says: “You don’t need a safe from a diamond heist movie — there are plenty of affordable lockable containers on the market.
“Burglars aim to get in and out of a home as quickly as possible to avoid detection.
"And almost half of UK burglaries are opportunistic, so burglars often won’t be carrying tools to help them break open secure storage.”
My tip: Screwfix sells a small electronic safe for just £34.99 — most safes usually retail at around £100 or over.
ALWAYS WATCHING: Izzy says: “Ex-burglars claim the biggest deterrent when targeting a home is a visible CCTV system, but a cost-effective alternative is a smart doorbell.
“They record footage from the front door, and fit easily in place of your existing doorbell, saving on the cost of a professional installer.”
My tip: Wowcher currently has HD wifi doorbells on sale for £25.99, down from £89.99.
CHANGING HABITS: Izzy says: “Practising simple, safe habits can protect your home and doesn’t cost a penny.
“Keep valuables out of sight of windows and letterboxes as thieves may scout properties and weigh up the risk and reward of breaking in.”
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
IN need of a new scent? DKNY Golden Delicious is on sale at Superdrug for £19, down from £38. The offer runs until Tuesday.
CHECK out the Unbelievable ALT range at Tesco. It tastes just like meat but is totally meat-free.
I like the Mighty Beefless Mince – it’s great for lasagne and costs £3.69.
My Sun Savers fiver
ELIJAH SELSTON, of Nottingham, says: “I donate my Sun Savers fiver each month to the Air Ambulance.”
- Send your Savers fiver stories to sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Please include your name and town.
INSTEAD of paying £10.99 for a 360ml bottle of Boots all in one contact lens solution, try Supereyes saline solution from Savers. It’s only £1.69 a bottle.
Giselle’s little helper
IF you are planning a barbecue soon, head to Lidl, where you can pick up five rump steaks for £10.
Not a bad price if you have plenty of mouths to feed.
But you could also freeze them individually for dinners over the next week.
Shop and save
STEAMING your veg can be so easy with the three-tier Salter steamer, now £18, down from £27.96 at Asda.
Hot right now
NEW customers at asos.com can get 15 per cent off their first order.
At checkout use code ASOSNEWSUMMER – valid before August 31.
Play now to win £15,000 on The Sun Raffle
JOIN thousands of readers taking part in The Sun Raffle.
Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £15k monthly Raffle.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect.
So the more you enter, the better your chances.
To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app.
Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.
Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £15k Raffle.
Not yet a Sun Savers member?
Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.
- T&Cs apply. Full T&Cs at sunsavers.co.uk/faqs.
Fancy a free fiver?
Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone.
Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.
With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.
TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.
- PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]
Source: Read Full Article