Burglars can often be opportunistic thieves preying on buildings and apartments. They are searching for any entrance they can take ownership of, specifically doors and windows left wide open or unlocked or easy to open. But deterring these thieves really doesn’t require much – just wise thinking. Homes without safety measures are five times more likely to burgle than households with basic safety measures.
Burglars will always be waiting for an occasion, so we’ve come up with some common-sense tips to assist protect your property against invaders.
Lock your doors and windows
Whether you’re out, at home or in your garden, your doors and garage doors must always be locked. Don’t forget to close your windows at night, and when you’re out, lock them. 24% of people leave their doors unlocked when they’re at home, but burglaries are committed even when there’s someone at home.
Hide your keys
It is not recommended to hide your spare keys underneath the doormat.
Unattended packages and valuables invite burglars in
Consider sending your packages to a neighbour or having them shipped to a post office. Having them on show outside your house allows others to realise you’re not home. Having technology, cash and jewellery attract burglaries, so keep them out of sight.
Place a dog bowl by the door (even if you don’t own a dog)
Burglars are cautious about dogs; they don’t want to get scratched or leave proof of DNA on the scene. Even a sign of ‘ Dog Beware ‘ may be off-putting.
Don’t announce holiday plans
You’re fundamentally advertising the information that your home is empty, and that provides burglars with an opportunity to strike. You’re undoubtedly excited about your vacation plans, but keep them to yourself for now.
Have an alarm system
The most important tip yet. It is almost impossible to catch thief without a working home alarm scheme. 9/10 burglars are never recognised and alarm systems can assist to decrease this number.
According to the London Metropolitan Police, if you have a well-equipped and very well-maintained burglar alarm system, you are less likely to become a victim of burglary. That means fitting one is a worthwhile investment.
It’s a fact that several burglars are returning to homes they’ve earlier burgled because after the first burglary the home owner failed to upgrade their security. Sometimes they go back to an area trying to burgle a neighbouring home they found while making a prior break in. More reason to make sure that you maintain your home as secure as possible by fitting in an alarm system or upgrading your security at home.
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