Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Home Safety: Protecting Yourself From Burglars

No matter how impenetrable we think our homes are, burglars are always finding new ways to break in. As anybody who has had a burglary knows, your possessions are not the only things that matter. Knowing somebody has invaded your personal space is going to leave you feeling paranoid and unsafe for weeks and months to come.

Before it’s too late, you need to make your home as burglar proof as you can. Here are several ways you can deter those unwelcome intruders.

Buying safety measures

There are a number of items you can buy that could make the difference. For example, an
alarm system will not only scare away a potential burglar, but it can also alert you, as well as your neighbours if you are out. Some alarm systems can be programmed to alert the police, so shop around and buy something you can afford.

Most intruders enter through the door, so a cheap option is to deadbolt them. The second most likely place of entry is the windows, so a thick set of blinds or curtains will prevent the aspiring burglar from peering in to look at your valuables. If they can’t see what you have, there is little need for them to go through the effort of breaking in.

You don’t want to lose any of your items, but some things are more valuable than most. These don’t need to be expensive, as they may contain personal value, such as family heirlooms. For extra precaution, buy a safe and bolt it to the floor so the burglar can’t carry it away with them.

Enlist support

Many towns have neighbourhood watch groups or home security patrols, so make sure you speak to the relevant people to keep an eye on your home, especially when you are away.

Your neighbours can be your biggest allies, so provided you trust them, ask them to watch your home for you when you are out for long periods. Ask your friends and family to pay special attention to your home while you are on holiday. Anybody casing your joint is likely to know when the house is empty for a long time, such as having no lights on in the evening, so ask somebody to stay over or fool the burglars by switching on a lamp or turning on the TV.

Be sensible

You play a large part in keeping your home safe, so you need to take care and be sensible. Always lock your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Also, make sure you don’t leave burglars an open invitation by leaving your front or back doors wide open. You may only be upstairs, but a burglar can easily run in and grab anything of worth that is lying around. As you want to keep your children safe, they need to abide to a set of house rules too, so make shutting outside doors a habit.

Finally, don’t broadcast your holiday plans on social media. Facebook can be your worst enemy, so even while you are on holiday, only post your pics to your close friends. You never know who might be watching.

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