Don't let it happen to You
Whether you are leaving your property for a few minutes, an hour, a day or a week or more it is imperative that you take as many measures as you can to deter would be burglars.
The last thing you want or need is an intruder/intruders in your property. Apart from the probable loss of your belongings for most people it is a very traumatic experience and should be avoided at all costs.
Top Ten Tips for Peace of Mind
- Burglar Alarms- All properties should be fitted with a burglar alarm. There are many different types on the market and even if you buy a dummy siren or camera it's better than having nothing.
- Windows - The favourite area for burglars to enter properties is out of sight at the rear where they will probably try to force a window to gain entry. As breaking windows attracts unwanted attention this would be a last resort so fitting visible key operated window locks, particularly in downstairs windows and patio doors is essential.
- Doors - External doors should be fitted and secured to a high standard and they must be strong and in good condition. Security will be improved by fitting mortice deadlocks and extra sliding bolts. French doors are much weaker so both doors should have fittings at the top and the bottom. For extra security when you are in occupation fit a chain and viewer to your front door.
- Lighting - Fit outside lights that are operated by a sensor switch which activates when movement is detected. Intruders will not want to be in the spotlight so fit these to the front, side and rear of the property as necessary.
- Gates and Fences - Strong 6 feet high fencing at the rear of the property will make it more difficult for an intruder to gain access than a low or weak fence. Growing thorn bushes inside fencing also acts as a deterrent. Make sure any gates are bolted from the inside and the bolts are out of reach from outside.
- Don't Leave Valuables in Sight - If it is difficult to see into your property you are less likely to be burgled by an opportunist thief. Fit blinds or net curtains and make sure that any valuable items are stored away.
- Spare Key - Never leave a spare key in any location outside of the property. This could easily be found by an average burglar and makes their life much easier.
- Install a Safe - If you have valuable items or cash in the property buy a safe and have it fitted in a hidden location. You can also lock away passports, credit cards, etc.
- Mark Your Property - If you are unfortunate enough to be burgled your stolen possessions can be identified if they are recovered. You can etch your surname and postcode on items or use an ultraviolet marker.
- Don't Advertise Your Absence - Do not ever give details of dates you are going on holiday other than to family or close friends. When you are away make the property look as lived in as possible, leave a car on the drive, use timers on lights, ask a neighbour to clear your post and papers or magazines.