Keep your home safe from unwelcomed intruders

 

Home burglaries can happen to any of us… So it’s utmost important that we all take the correct steps to ensure we are doing all we can to protect our homes.

Key to a safe home is to first begin by looking at your home from a burglar’s point-of-view and ponder on ways you could break in. Chances are- you’ll notice a couple of weak spots in your premises, which suggests that an experienced burglar would be able to identify several more.

 

BASICS MEASURES

Even the most robust security system needs to be backed up by common sense. We recommend the following basic measures: 

  • Make your home appear to be occupied at all times.
  • Ensure that ALL of your windows and door locks are in good nick.
  • Keep all access doors and windows locked.
  • If you have screen doors or windows, install iron bars across them so that even if burglars rip the screen, they still won’t be able to enter your premises.

 

TIP: Put security stickers on the windows and doors to give burglars the impression that your house is being closely monitored by cameras.

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ADVANCED MEASURES (when travelling or leaving your house unoccupied for a long period of time)

You definitely do not want a burglar knowing when your house is unoccupied, especially if it’s for a long period of time. The below measures will help construct the impression that your home is occupied when it is not.

  • Leave a light on inside your home, (working off a timer would give you brownie points). This will give a burglar the impression that someone is home. Though it may add a few extra dollars to your electricity bill, it’s a small price to pay for keeping your home safe.
  • A mailbox that is choc-a-block full is a sign that no one’s been home for a while. Ask somebody to collect your mail while you’re away.
  • Install sensor lights outside your home.
  • Consider installing a CCTV camera outside your home to record activity around your property.

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Your Habits could be making you a target
Changing the below habits could make your home far less appealing to burglars. 

  • Avoid planting trees near the walls of your home. This minimises the chance of burglars bein able to hide from the public (and you) when trying to break in.
  • Keep ladders and any tools that could be used to break in out of sight.
  • DO NOT keep a spare house key under the doormat or in a pot plant. These will be the first places a burglar would check for a key. Give it to a trusted neighbor or friend who lives nearby.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is one of a burglar’s favourite tools when it comes to tracking your movements. Social Media’s search capabilities allow burglars to look up popular hashtags, check-ins and status updates that suggest someone is away. 

A high number of people use facebook and Instagram as a means of promoting their lifestyle through upcoming holidays and their daily routine. Taking this information and combining it with a google maps search and a quick drive by allows burglars to scan the area and check for ways to break in.

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST 

As helpful as the above points are, the absolute best means of security protection for a home would be a comprehensive security set-up. This consists of indoor and outdoor security cameras, motion sensors, and window and door sensors. 

It  might cost you a couple of dollars, but you can’t put a price on safety.

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