Do you lock your door when you're home?

When I was at the hairdressers last Monday it surprised me to learn that not everyone locks their doors when they're at home. 

One of the ladies at the salon was chatting about an incident that happened at her home the previous evening. She was sitting watching TV with her daughter when a man entered her house through the open front door and stood there looking around. She said it looked like he was "eyeing up the place" and she phoned the police.

Hearing her story shocked me, I mean I didn't think people left their doors unlocked, even when they're home. So my question for you is do YOU?

When you're at home do you lock your doors?
Or do you leave doors unlocked and only lock them when you go out?

Our doors are always locked, whether we're in or out.

My reasons for locking our doors are quite personal and rather scary. 

When I was 20 and living on my own I left my doors unlocked all the time. It never occurred to me to lock them when I was home. 

I lived in a terraced house, it backed onto an elderly lady's bungalow, and she didn't lock her doors either.

One awful night that elderly lady was murdered. It happened at a time when my doors were unlocked and I was home. I knew the lady, she was a lovely person that always said hello but she was frail. It was quite a shock to learn that someone had hurt her. 

But then I realised that my doors had been unlocked when it was happening. I began to think that it could've been me, so easily it could've been. I was scared. So much so that I have locked my doors ever since and am always checking to make sure they're locked. 

When I enter my home I turn and lock it behind me, always. If the boys leave the door unlocked I go mad. The funny thing is that we have a large gate now and no one could get to the front door without us letting them in the gate first. But I still lock my doors.

We are also very security conscious, we have a house alarm and lockable doors and windows. But I still worry...

Burglary Statistics

Did you know that 59% of burglaries happen when the victim is still at home?
Or that in 15% of burglaries, the burglar enters through an unlocked door?

How secure is your home?

How do you protect your home against burglary? If you're unsure about how to protect yourself and your home below you'll find a few tips.

Install an alarm

There are Wifi alarms that can be easily installed in your home. If someone breaks into your home the alarm sounds. Ensure the alarm doesn't sound by mistake though, if that happens your neighbours may start to ignore it!

Install security lighting

Again easily installed, security lighting tells you when someone is approaching your home. It is quite a deterrent to potential burglars.

Lock your windows and doors

Locked windows and doors are classed as 'basic security' but burglary rates still drop when you lock your doors and windows. I guess it's because it requires more effort to get into a home that has locked doors.

Don't leave keys hidden outside

To me this is obvious. Although you might be able to get back into your home after locking yourself out, so could someone else. There are only so many places you can hide a key and potential burglars know this. They will look in all the obvious places and get into your home using your key.

Do you have these things installed?
How security conscious are you?


  1. scary stuff, and some good tips here. I never think to lock the doors when we are home during the day, but at night they get locked when I come home from work. We live in a pretty isolated spot, but I don't know if that decreases or increases our chances of potential trouble

    1. I'm not sure what it's like in the USA Jeremy, but over here that would worry me, even in an isolated spot. Perhaps it's just because I was scared into it? :)

  2. Oh gosh! That is scary. I don't lock the doors when we're in until we go to bed. I think I might do in future. Eek.

    1. I think that's the case for many people Kim. It really does scare me to think about. x

  3. that was a very frightening experience for you. In the UK the front door wasn't locked but could only be opened from inside, the back door was always unlocked, unless we were out or went to bed.
    In South Africa the front door was never unlocked unless we had visitors but all the doors were open during the day and locked at night time, but we lived on a security estate, so had extra protection.
    In Dubai, doors are closed most of the year due to the heat, but we often discover they are unlocked in the morning or on our return home from a day out and we live on a main street.

    My biggest concern is at night that in case of a fire we wouldn't all be able to get out of the property if the doors were locked as neither my husband or I are good at locating our keys.

    1. I can see why you might want to keep your doors open Suzanne. We keep our keys on a hook right by the front door so that wouldn't be an issue for us. I can also see that living on a security estate might make a difference, I'd probably be more at ease if that was the case. :)

  4. Oh wow, if you had lived so close to a murder scene I guess you would lock your doors. What a horrible experience. We recently had some major building qwork done to our place and had the security improved as a result.

    1. Thanks John, yep I'm big on the security stuff! ;)

  5. I think life is very different where I live. We live in a Christian community and all 90 of us know each other very well. Our doors are very often propped open and we wonder in and out of each others houses! But then there are always lots of us about and watching out for each other. Mich x

    1. Wow, that sounds lovely Michelle. I'd love to live in an area where that was possible but we don't. It must be really lovely in the summer. :)


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