Most of us fully support the notion that there’s no place like home. When you’ve worked hard to buy some bricks and mortar and turn a house into your home, the last thing you want to think about is somebody breaking in, and disturbing the peace. If you’re keen to secure your sanctuary, here are some ways you can reduce the risk of home burglary.
Deterrents are incredibly important because they make a thief think twice about even attempting to breach the defences. If you’re on the lookout for easy pickings, you’re not going to choose a home that has gates, security lights, CCTV cameras or an alarm system if there are others on the same street that don’t boast these measures. You may not need to go all-out and rig up a sophisticated network of cameras, but it’s a good idea to have some visible deterrents. A burglar alarm, for example, will make life a lot more difficult for a thief. Dogs can also be a really useful companion when it comes to protecting your home. Even if you don’t have a dog, catching a glimpse of a ‘beware of the dog’ sign could persuade a burglar to change their plans.
Securing entry points
Most burglars enter properties through windows and doors. The first thing to remember is to close all your windows and doors before you go out or you head up to bed in the evening. If you leave a window open, a thief can access your home without causing a commotion. Using anti bump locks and securing your front door with multiple locks will make your home secure than utilising a standard single lock. It’s also a good idea to install a security door or a peephole so that you can open the door without making it easy for somebody you don’t know to gain access to the house. If your garden is accessible from the street or another road, make sure gates are locked.
Making it look like you’re at home
Thieves are much less likely to target a home when the owners are in, so try and make sure that it looks like somebody is at home, even if you are away. Leave a car parked in the driveway, keep a light on, and leave the curtains half-open. If you’re going on holiday, cancel newspaper or milk deliveries and give the neighbour or a friend or relative a key so that they can collect your post, and keep an eye on the property while you’re away. Try and avoid giving opportunists clues, which may enable them to find out that nobody’s home. If you’re telling everybody that you’re at the airport on Facebook, for example, make sure your profile is private.
None of us want to think about the possibility of somebody breaking into our home. Unfortunately, there are people out there who are out to cause trouble. Hopefully, this guide will enable you to secure your house and make thieves think twice about targeting your home.