A Three Step Guide to Burglary Prevention

Contrary to popular belief that burglars usually creep into a home late at night, they are most likely to be active between 9 AM and 5 PM. This is because they understand most people will be at work during the day. It is therefore vital that your intruder alarm is set and you ensure all doors and windows are securely locked before leaving for work in the morning, and that all entry and exit points are secured with one or more high-quality locks.

How to Prevent Burglary:

  • Ensure your locks and security system devices are of a high quality and specification.
  • Always lock your doors and windows before leaving for work, and going to bed.
  • Keep keys away from windows and doors, preferably in a key safe.
  • A secure post box or letter cage can stop a burglar from reaching nearby keys or undoing the latch from outside.
  • Use British Standard approved locks that meet BS3621 on all entry points.

How to Deter Burglars:

  • Keep high-value items, such as laptops and tablets, out of sight from windows on the ground floor.
  • A visible home alarm system actively discourages burglars from approaching the building, for fear of triggering an alert.
  • A well-maintained CCTV system will deter burglars, as evidence will be left behind.
  • You should also avoid leaving obvious signs that the house is unoccupied when you are away. People often ask a neighbour to move the post for them, but often other clues are left behind. Leaving a calendar in view of the window, or posting about your plans on social media, is just as helpful for the burglar. If a burglar knows they have a clear period during which the home is unoccupied, they can enter knowing there is little chance of detection.
  • Fit security lights and install a gravel drive to make burglars less likely to risk approaching the building, as they will be readily spotted or heard.
  • Make it hard for strangers to know when the property will be empty, and use timer switches to turn lights on and off while you’re away

Securing Your Valuables:

  • Keep car keys away from the entrance and other obvious areas, or locked in a key safe.
  • Store valuables that are infrequently used in the roof-space of your home or other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Valuables that are used more frequently should be stored in a safe secured to the wall or floor.
  • To make recovery easier following a loss or burglary, check the Police’s advice for property marking. If a criminal can tell a property is marked or traceable, they may choose to leave it behind.

Credits to Sally @ safe.co.uk For full article click here https://www.safe.co.uk/safezone/2017/03/crime-in-time-the-3-step-defence-for-burglary-prevention-in-2017/