How to Secure Your Home; A Crime Prevention ChecklistNo Comments
Your home should be a place where you feel safe, a place where you don’t have to worry about the outside world. So what happens when there’s been a recent bout of burglaries in your area? That feeling of safety soon evaporates. Living in fear of intrusion is not something any of us should experience. Now you’re beginning to worry about how to secure your home. Fear not, our crime prevention checklist will offer a few tips to ensure you feel safe at night.
Secure Your Doors
It’s common sense that you should lock your doors. Securing your doors goes a little more in-depth than this though. Look at the sturdiness of each door. Are there any weaknesses in the hinges or locks? How strong are the frames? Could you open the door if you put enough force into it? Sometimes all that’s needed to strengthen a door is a fresh set of hinges. Has your front door got a peep hole? Has it got a reliable deadlock? When buying a front door, don’t substitute safety for an option which looks good. Don’t forget to look at your back door too, often these are weaker and easier points of entry.
Strengthen Your Windows
Windows can be an attractive point of entry for burglars. Hinges can be flimsy, glass can be easily broken and sometimes, windows are simple to open from the outside. Scrutinise what protection your windows offer. Consider purchasing fresh locks and even reinforcing the glass for added protection. Do this for every window in your house. Furthermore, never forget to lock your windows before leaving the house.
The best deterrent for burglars is a solid security system. Whether you’re choosing cameras, alarms or a fully monitored system should be decided by your individual needs. Often, a security system in plain sight is enough to deter any attempt of burglary. Obviously there’s a significant cost associated with this but it’s worth it in the long run.
The majority of burglars in the UK will strike during the day. If however, they choose to operate at night, a motion sensor light is a huge deterrent. This means as soon as a possible intruder approaches the house, they’re basked in a bright light for all to see.
Remove the Hiding Places
This is quite a crude tip but it’s effective nonetheless. Remove any hiding opportunity for intruders. This includes any large bushes or shrubbery close to your door. This type of vegetation looks great but will allow an intruder extra time to analyse the house before breaking in. It will also allow them to conceal their entrance to the building.
Get the Entire Household on Board
If you live in a full house, all it takes to leave your house vulnerable is for one person to neglect security. If you’re securing your house, get everyone in the household on board. This includes children. Ensure everyone is aware of the need to lock doors and windows when they leave.
Talk to the Neighbours
Get friendly with the neighbours, explain your concerns and ask for their vigilance too. If you’re going away for an extended period of time, ask them to look out for your property. A good relationship with those living nearby will allow you to share your concerns.
Leave Valuables Out of Sight
Burglars will look through your windows before entry. If they can see valuables, keys and important documents, you’re making yourself a target. Keep anything important away from prying eyes. This includes passports and banks cards – identity theft can reap huge rewards.
Get a Dog
This is one of the greatest deterrents for any intruder. Dogs make a noise when they don’t recognise you – something every burglar wants to avoid. Often the bark is scarier than the bite so even small terriers can be enough to scare an intruder away.
Don’t Be the Low Hanging Fruit
A thief won’t just look at your house. They’ll take a walk around the neighbourhood and opt for the easiest target. Don’t be the low hanging fruit on your street. Look at the security measures of other houses and question which property would be the easiest to target. If it’s yours, you have a big problem that needs your attention.
What Does a Burglar Look For?
Thankfully, numerous reformed burglars have discussed their trade. This gives us an insight into what a burglar actually looks for when targeting a house. If you know what attracts thieves, you can work to ensure you’re not a target. Here’s what a burglar looks for:
- Dust or cobwebs on a deadlock keyhole – a clear sign it’s not used
- Open windows
- Dusty house alarm – a clear sign it’s not used
- Family calendar on show – thieves love to see your schedule
- Keys on labelled hooks
- Important documents in sight
- No car on the driveway – looks like you’re out
- Ladders and tools at easy reach – most burglars won’t take tools with them, they’ll look for yours
- Weak rear garden fencing
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