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 earning myself an honest living. This ominous event is still extremely raw to me and will live with me for the rest of my life and even though I will never be able to forget about it, I have used this awful experience to educate my self and do everything necessary to prevent it from happening to me again or anyone else.
No-one deserves to have what they have worked hard for, stolen from them
In this blog post I have put together top tips and advice on how you can stop your house from being less attractive to thieves so that you will never have to experience walking into your home to find someone has invaded your privacy and taken your possessions.
- 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 CCTV camera’s come with a spotlight integrated. Light those criminals up!
- Dogs are great deterrents but if you don’t have one, fake one. Buy a beware of the dog sign/sticker and make them think you do.
- Leave the tv on when you go out or buy a timer to switch it on at certain times.
- Get a chain on your door and extra locks.
- 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.
- Do not put countdowns to your events on social media because you are excited. You are advertising to potential thieves when you are not going to be 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, less than a McDonalds meal.
- 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 and at night.
- Alternate which light you leave on when you go out.
- Get someone to house sit so your house isn’t left unoccupied 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.
- If you have a keyless car then invest in a key box for your home to store them in or a key pouch. This will block signal from your car key to a thief who could be using a special device to steal your car.
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