Having your home burgled is a horrible experience for anyone, and can be a difficult thing to truly recover from. But it can be easily avoided with just a few small adjustments. Take a look at these handy tips to make sure your home stays safe and secure.
One of the biggest positives of having an alarm isn’t necessarily the obvious answer. Simply owning an alarm, whether it’s set or not is an effective deterrent, as burglars will look for alarms before casing a property, leaving them more unlikely to break into a property that is guaranteed to draw attention. Even if you’re unlikely to set it due to pets or family members being at home, having a visible alarm can make a difference.
- Don’t Advertise
Although we love to brag about where we’re heading or how long we’re away for, it can often be an open invitation for burglars. If someone knows you’re away for an entire fortnight, it gives them very few reasons not to check the property out. The same goes for checking in on social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook. It’s very easy for people to work out where you live if all of your posts let them know what your street name is and when you’re out of the house on the other side of the world.
Although your front door may seem secure, a professional thief will know the difference between a cheap door and an expensive one. If you truly want to fool proof your property, try trading in your old front door for a modern composite door to guarantee safety and security. Also be sure to pick obscured or frosted glass on your door to stop people or potential thieves seeing into your property.
Especially whilst the weather is warm, it’s fairly common to leave the windows open in your home, but it’s simply an invite for people to break into your home. Be sure to close all windows on your property when you’re not at home, and encourage family members to pull curtains and blinds across when you’re out so people can’t see in. Even small or hard to reach windows can be used access, so make sure to check all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on expensive tech items such as consoles, TVs, laptops or tablets, be sure not to keep them on show. Keeping items near easy to access windows, or letting the neighbours know you’ve picked up a new PlayStation is risky business. Also, once you’ve received your new items, don’t keep the packaging on show in easy to see bins or outside your property. This is simply another way for thieves to work out what possessions you have in your home.