Contrary to the Hollywood stereotype most burglaries are not
planned weeks in advance by criminal masterminds, 80% of burglars
are green opportunists who choose their targets on the spur of the
moment, using gut instinct and telltale signs as a guide
avoiding the signs that scream 'target' to neighbourhood criminals
is an effective way of making a property less Vulnerable to
With a few simple modifications to your home, and some easy
changes in your habits, you
can easily develop home security practices, which will protect
your home. The longer it takes a criminal to try and break into
your home, the more likely it is that he or she will abandon the
attempt and find an easier target.
Despite increasing technological sophistication the humble old
key still rules the roost with regard to home security and
therefore its safekeeping and dutiful uses are as important as the
property and people being protected.
- Don't hide keys - If you usually hide a house
key outside your front door, stop doing it immediately. The first
things burglars will do if they know someone isn't home is search
door frames, beneath flower pots, rocks, and welcome mats, If
you've built a good rapport with your neighbours, give them a spare
key for home security if you're afraid you'll lock yourself
- Locks - To keep a burglar from having easy
access to your home, you should have good, high quality locks on
all doors with outside access. If you are unsure of your present
locks ask for aFree Survey and have them checked, Have you just
purchased a new home, have you thought about the keys you were
given, are they the only ones to your new dwelling? If you cannot
answer that question then you need to change the locks
- Windows - Keep your windows shut and locked
all the time when you're not at home, even during the summer.
Criminals looking to break into a house are usually looking for
unlocked doors and windows, or open doors and windows, which make
breaking in incredibly simple and poor home security.
- Secondary devices - A good way to keep your
home secure is
to add secondary devices to the locked windows and doors of your
home. A patio
door lock gives sliding doors extra security. Special locks that
windows to open part of the way is another device for home
devices are extra assurance that a burglar will have a harder time
and will probably give up and go somewhere else.
- Keep valuables out of sight - Keeping your
valuables out of sight is an excellent home security habit. They
would rather spend their time on houses where they know they can
get something worth stealing, so put jewellery away in boxes within
closets, or preferably in a safe.
- Signs - Even if you don't have a dog, putting
up a "Beware of dog" sign in a window or on a gate is an extremely
effective way of keeping intruders away. While an intruder may be
prepared to avoid or harm a dog he or she can see, they will
hesitate to come face to face with what could be a Chihuahua or a
With the right mindset, you can guarantee your peace of mind and
home security while at
work or on vacation. Following some of these tips will not only
help you protect yourself and your possessions, but will make
others more aware of what they can do for their own homes as well.
An entire neighbourhood of secure premises is the ultimate home
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