Top 10 tips to securing your home
Posted by: idismarketing on 20/09/2016 in Home
More people are increasingly becoming worried by the threat of home burglary and the subsequent emotional and financial impact of a break in. Here are our top 10 tips for protecting yourself from becoming a victim.
- All areas secured
Police suggest many opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes. Even if you are going out for a short time, secure your house and windows. Locksmiths can provide advice on appropriate door and window locks, and key all the windows to a single key.
Locks with a power supply prevent tampering, and keep your car locked. With reported cases of a garage door opener stolen from a car, later used to burgle the owner’s property.
- Don’t provide cover
Deter thieves from targeting your house by ensuring a clear line of sight from the street. Cut back trees and bushes that obscure your front door, look into installing movement sensor lights and report broken street lights straight away. Police also suggest making sure your house number is visible for the fastest response if you need to call for help.
- Upgrade your defences
A door or window may have been damaged or tampered with an attempted break-in, so it pays to invest in strengthening these defences. A solid core door with a deadlock, for example, is harder to force, grilles and shutters prevent burglars from breaking in through windows, and a peep hole or lockable security screen can help keep burglars out.
- Monitor all targets
Garages and garden sheds are often targets for burglars who can then use your tools or ladders to gain access to the main house (police even report wheelie bins used to smash windows). An automatic light, for instance, fitted to the shed or garage can be a useful deterrent, along with keyed locks.
- Security doesn’t take a holiday
Ask friends to collect your mail and to stop junk mail from building up in your letterbox while you’re away from home. A neighbour parking in your driveway can also help signal the house is not unoccupied. Other measures could include internal lights or a radio set on timers and organising for someone to mow your lawn.
- Guard your keys
Most people know not to hide keys somewhere about the house but are you also aware that lending your keys to tradespeople and acquaintances can pose a risk? Keys are easily copied and can provide burglars with fast, no-fuss access to your belongings.
- Store valuables in a safe
Money and jewellery are most often stolen in break-ins. installing a small safe in your home is a relatively low cost way to protect those items.
- Don’t advertise valuables
Break up packaging for expensive new gear before tucking it into the bin or recycling. Also, take a look at your house from the outside. With most thieves looking for cash, even a wallet or iPod left on your hall table can make your home a target. Speaking of valuables, police advise making an inventory of your belongings to have at hand in case of a break-in. Mark your property using an engraver or ultra-violet markers and take photos of precious, one-of-a-kind possessions.
- Make friends with your neighbours
In tightknit communities, people look out for each other. Neighbours can report suspicious activity at your home and help when you’re away – and you can return the favour. Join the neighbourhood watch in your area to stand together against criminals.
- Install an alarm and CCTV System
Add another layer of defence to your home with an alarm system to deter criminals, add a CCTV system to monitor your home when away. With many affordable options, a decision to add this level of security should be a must.