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Affordable home security solutions

Help deter would-be burglars without breaking the bank

By Victoria Purcell |

Better home security system can help deter would-be burglars and may even lower your home insurance quote. Kevin Spencer, Product Manager at Yale, recommends some affordable home security products that won’t break the bank.

Upgrade your front door

Statistics from ONS reveal that 76% of household burglaries in England and Wales occur via access to an external door, so arm your front door with multiple layers of defence, from door chains at the lower end of the price spectrum to smart security cameras, which cost a little more depending on the model.

Look for BSI ratings and Kitemarks

Make sure your cylinder locks on all entry points around your home meet the British Standards Institute (BSI) rating system. Yale’s BSI-rated cylinder locks start from £10, but the most secure cylinders are 3-star rated and Kitemarked, offering Anti-Snap, Anti-Pick, Anti-Bump, Anti-Screw, Anti-Pull and Anti-Drill protection.

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The Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock costs around £200

Low-cost alarm

If you’re looking for a simple home alarm to help keep thieves at bay, consider a battery-powered essential siren-only alarm. This low-cost solution is wire-free, easy to install and won’t require any modifications to your home.


Make sure any side gates and outbuildings, such as sheds and garages, are secured with a weatherproof maximum-security padlock. Usually, the more you spend on a lock, the better the protection, so do your research to find the best middle ground. If your bike is valuable, consider using a bike lock as well, even if your bike is inside a shed or garage.