With summer fast approaching and the lead up to Christmas is nearing it often makes for a very busy time for most households. Which means it’s highly likely you’re planning a holiday or will be away from your home more frequently and out at celebrations and parties. With no one home it’s an opportune time for break-ins to occur.
Here’s some of my tips to protect your home from burglary:
Maintain your gardens and lawn. A Poorly maintained yard is a green light that no one is home. Arrange to have a Home Watch Property Specialist take care of your garden needs and let your lawn mowing man or gardener into your yard. The least number of people that have access to your property and sets of keys the better.
Tighten your security. Locks, deadlocks, screens, security doors and shutters are a great way to protect your home. They can work to detour intruders, however only if you actually use them! Police see so many people thinking if their garage door is locked, they don’t need to deadlock the door leading into their home or windows and screens left opened and unlocked. Ask your local locksmith to come out and take a look at your home. See if any improvements can possibly be made to securing your home or ask a Home Watch Property Specialist. The harder you make it to enter your home the safer your family and you will be.
Let there be light. Think about your Home’s Lighting – Timer lighting or motion-activated lighting can make your house look more ‘lived-in’, whether you’re at home or not. Most burglars prefer to work in darkness. A well-lit house is far less attractive to a criminal than a dark, empty-looking house.
Don’t tell every man and their dog your leaving. If you’re heading away and find yourself telling everyone in excitement ‘STOP’ and slow down.Don’t post about it on social media and really think about what kind of repercussions it could have to the security of your home. Consider giving your key to a Home Watch Property Specialist and coordinating with them who is required to have access to your home.
Consider installing security cameras. In a world full of smart devices and advance technologies home security affordability has risen a lot in the past two years. From door bells with cameras inside of them to wire free smart home security systems that are set up in ten minutes. You can self-monitor through your mobile phones and renting these devices for the time you are away is now available. There’s no reason why installing security cameras in and around a home shouldn’t be a high priority for home owners.
Make the changes. If you’ve been broken into once, chances are you will be again. The second time feels much worse than the first, especially if you haven’t made the correct changes to your home to detour this behavior. Falling victim twice is not favorable and I recommend you take action today.
Thieves looked for no cars in the driveway, no lights on in the evening, blinds and curtains drawn, no response to a knock on the door, rubbish bins not put our on regular bin days or left out, piled up mail in the mailbox, over grown gardens and other similar indications that no one is at home. By implementing these simple yet effective tips it can help your home to become intruder free.
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