Here are some of my top tips to prevent yourself from being a victim of burglary
Twelve years It has been since having my home burgled whilst I was at work. This occurrence is still extremely raw to me today and will always live with me for the rest of my life and even though I will never be able to eradicate it from my memories, I can use this incident to prevent it from happening to anyone else. No-one deserves to have what they have worked hard for, stolen from them like that.
I have carefully collated a list of helpful preventive measures on which you can take to make your home as safe and secure as possible and less attractive to thieves.
- Get your self a decent security system.
- Invest in video doorbells and cameras – Statistics show that cc-tv systems are an extremely effective deterrent.
- Smart water your possessions.
- A security light-Most cc-tv camera’s come with a spotlight on integrated. Light those criminals up!
- Dogs are great deterrents but if you don’t have one, fake it. Buy a beware of the dog sign/sticker so they think you do.
- Leave the tv on when you go out or buy a timer to switch them on at certain times.
- Get a chain on your door and extra locks – We have so many locks on our doors.
- Do not advertise you are going out by checking in on Social media or telling anyone that doesn’t need to know. You can always post photo’s when your home.
- Keep windows and doors locked.
- Double and triple check doors and windows.
- Do not leave valuable’s on show through windows.
- Hide your passport/Id in your house somewhere no one would think to look.
- Do not leave your keys hanging near the door, a thief could use a rod to bring them through the letterbox. You are not insured if they get in this way.
- Do not leave your keys under the mat or a pot when you go out. Buy a key lock box if you can not leave a key with a trusted neighbour.
- Invest in contents insurance- Ours is around £12 a month.
- Don’t leave your calendar in view of a window, the burglar will be able to see when you are out.
- Join or start a neighbourhood watch.
- Get a bolt and padlock for your gate, get two to be extra cautious.
- Install trellis up on your fence, make it harder for them to try and jump over.
- Keep your bushes trimmed near your doors, burglars can use this to hide in whilst they are breaking in.
- Lock cat/dog flap when you go out.
- Alternate which light you leave on when you go out.
- Get someone to house sit so your house isn’t left empty whilst you are out.
- Use controlled timers for lights.
- Get someone you trust to check in on your house and move your bins back if you are on holiday.
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