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Why Home Security Risk Assessments are Important

One of the top priorities for homeowners is ensuring their home is as secure as possible. Unfortunately, for many people, what is considered secure can turn out to be just the opposite.

The problem is many people are not aware of the potential vulnerabilities that criminals frequently exploit. This is why a professional home security risk assessment is important. A security risk assessment could end up saving you money and a lot of heartaches.

This guide explains just what a home security risk assessment involves and the major benefits of having one carried out.

What is a Home Security Risk Assessment?

A home security risk assessment is a comprehensive report on the current security of your property, its potential weak spots, and the actions required to resolve any uncovered issues.

Risk assessments can be carried out at any time and are particularly recommended if any of the following apply:

  • Upgrading your security system
  • You’ve Just moved into a new home
  • Property is fitted with older doors and locks
  • New windows fitted or you have older windows
  • Renovations

These are just a few of the situations where a risk assessment is highly recommended. However, any homeowner that has doubts about the security of their property or just wants added peace of mind can benefit from having a risk assessment carried out.

What steps are involved in a Home Security Risk Assessment?

Because no two properties are identical and circumstances like geographical location affect the scope of the assessment, the steps involved will vary.

However, commonly risk assessments will include the following steps:

  • Survey of exterior perimeter of home and garden – This typically includes an examination of perimeter fencing, lighting, and landscaping
  • Chatting to the occupants – Those that live in the property have a greater knowledge of the security problems than they are aware of. By knowing what questions to ask Lock Doctor professionals can glean an understanding of past security problems, concerns, and an understanding of the most vulnerable times of day for the property based on normal daily activity
  • Interior Survey – This includes bedrooms, living areas and utility rooms
  • Survey of Physical Security Hardware – We carry out a comprehensive inspection of all security devices, including doors, windows, safes, locks.
  • Security of Outbuildings – Garages and sheds can be prime targets for criminals, our risk assessment carries out a thorough survey of any outbuildings
  • Review of Security Systems – Security systems including alarms, CCTV, intercom systems and panic alarm systems

These are just a few of the steps that are included in a home security risk assessment. A comprehensive and tailored assessment will identify and blind spots in your home, and at Lock Doctor, we guarantee 100% confidentiality and that our professionals will carry out the work with the utmost respect for your family and your property.

Benefits of a Home Security Risk Assessment

Having your property examined by professionals is a fast and convenient way of providing the peace of mind that comes from knowing you, your family, and your belongings are as secure as possible.

Amongst the major benefits that such assessments provide are:

Identify Security Weak points

You may think your home is as secure as possible, but the reality is that often homeowners are only aware of security vulnerabilities once criminals have exploited them. A home security risk assessment is a sure way of making sure the barn door is closed before the horse has bolted!

Everything from the quality of your door and window locks and identifying possible entry points is covered in a risk assessment.

Check Alarm Systems are Capable and Fully Functioning

Not all alarm systems are equal!

Our risk assessment includes a thorough survey of existing alarm systems and their efficacy. Alarm systems are a crucial part of any security system, and unfortunately, most people just set them day after day on the assumption that they are working and are capable of the job they were installed to do. Our security professionals can quickly advise on where improvements are required.

Check CCTV Systems

CCTV systems have come a long way since all they recorded was grainy footage onto a VHS tape. These days, full HD systems that can be remotely accessed and send instant alerts when breaches are detected are the norm.

We can make sure all your CCTV cameras are up to date, capable of the job they are installed to do, and placed in the optimum positions. Our experts will fully assess the entire system and ensure that visibility is maximised, and the system is fully functioning.

Provides Complete Peace of Mind

There is nothing more important to us than the security of our families and our belongings. By identifying potential security blind spots and closing them, a thorough home security risk assessment provides the ultimate benefit – The complete peace of mind that comes from knowing everything valuable to us is as secure as possible.

Why should you use professionals to perform a home security check?

It might seem like a fairly straightforward task. After all, all you need to do is check a few locks and move a camera about. However, it is important to remember that career criminals are professionals at what they do and understand how to exploit poorly implemented security systems and unsuitable locks.

This is why getting the help of professional locksmith technicians is essential. They understand where criminals are likely to exploit and also know the vulnerabilities of locking and alarm systems.


In an uncertain world, it is a great benefit to be certain of one thing, the safety of your home and family.

At Lock Doctor, we are here to help ensure that you and yours are as safe as possible. We offer free home security risk assessments, so if you have any doubts about the security of your property, why not call us today and see how we can help make sure your property is as secure as possible.