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Secure your home for the holidays

When it comes to keeping your home safe this summer, let HomeStyle be your first defence

Whether you’re jetting off for a fortnight or heading out on a day trip, how much thought do you really give your home’s security beyond shutting the windows and locking the front door behind you? We thought so. Summer is a prime time for burglaries as opportunistic thieves suss out empty properties and use sneaky strategies to get inside. So what can you do to prevent a potential break in? Surprisingly a lot actually, and it doesn’t have to cost more than your insurance premium. While smart alarms, cameras and other gadgets provide extra defence, there are plenty of simple tricks and cheap ideas you can exploit to keep your belongings safe and put off potential thieves – and there are no buckets of ice or tarantulas in sight!

Cause for alarm

When we think of home security, an alarm is what first springs to mind. But, what’s it going to cost? Unfortunately, it’s a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, depending on how sophisticated the product is. For basic protection, a one-room alarm kit will set you back only £19.99 and window shock sensors are just £9.99 each from Argos. Amp up your defences with an Easy Fit Standard Alarm with keypad, which costs £320 from Yale. For big budgets, choose an option that calls nominated phone numbers or alerts the police.

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, makes you want to... Decorate every room in the house! (Whilst moving our dancing feet, obviously.) Summer gives us all a fresh burst of energy, so we’ve packed this entire issue with ways to bring in the brightness, whether that’s emulating Nova William’s colour-pop interiors on page 14 (check out the Nova-inspired neon accessories on page 22, too) or de-cluttering from top to bottom, just like Claire Stewart (p.50). And for a 1950s burst of kaleidoscopic cool, flip to page 100 for a beach hut makeover like no other. Got the holiday blues? Hang on to that sunshine feeling with our round-up of the biggest Global trends from three vibrant countries: Brazil, France and Morocco. It also doubles-up as fab Olympic party prep – you’ll find loads of savvy buys for getting the Rio 2016 look. Besides the bold and beautiful interior eye candy, we’ve been digging into what makes our homes healthier places to live. From chemical-free plastics and low-VOC paints and dust-free flooring, HomeStyle’s Abbi has found the best ways to live naturally. And if you’ve spent all your pocket money on ice creams and piña coladas, don’t worry – there are six budget-friendly upcycling projects on page 76 to get stuck into, plus incredible prizes to win on pages 59, 122 and 123. We’ve got our fingers crossed for you.