Across the world, burglaries are on the increase, so the more that you know about burglaries, the more that you can make sure you can protect your family and your home. We will list the most important facts that you need to know to ensure that your home security is in place.
The sad fact is that it’s very easy for a burglar to break into a home and it only takes a couple of minutes to do so. In general, the majority of burglaries take place in residential properties. The good news is that burglars tend to avoid homes that have home security in place. It is believed that having a security system in place influences whether or not a burglar will target a home. window stickers and signs are also an excellent deterrent against burglars.
Car and Garage
Often, when we talk about home security we think of just our home and forget the car and garage. The first port of call is to check your garage is in good order. If you find issues with the garage door, contact a garage door repair specialist as they will be able to advise you on the best course of action. Also, remember to store your vehicle in the garage as automotive locksmiths can be a pricey option if basic steps are not taken to secure your car.
Close Blinds and Lights
When homeowners are away i.e. on holiday, they tend to leave their lights on to hide this aspect. Many homeowners will also close their blinds to keep prying eyes away. The issue with this is that burglars are looking out for these clues as both of these aspects indicate that your home is unoccupied, as there’s a chance they will have tracked your movements over a number of days to watch your routines. The best thing to do is to get your lighting to go on and off, in the same way, you would do if you were at home.
More burglaries tend to take place in the summer months. During this time, the days are longer which means that burglars have more time to strike. Additionally, which burglar would want to walk around outside when it’s cold?
Unlocked windows and doors
Windows or doors that are unlocked are welcoming to burglars. However, there are other aspects as it’s not just unlocked windows and doors that attract burglars:
– Empty property
If there is no vehicle at a property or if no one answers when the doorbell is rung.
Unlocked doors, access to climbing equipment such as ladders and tilted windows.
Pictures and images posted on social networks which indicate a homeowner is away from their home.
– Secure Place
Properties that have overgrown bushes/trees and big fences, as a burglar can then hide themselves.
If you have anything on display such as cash, electronics, jewellery as this will attract a potential burglar.
10 am and 3 pm
Many of us think that most burglaries take place at night, but this is not the case as most burglaries actually take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. After all, burglars do not want to confront any homeowners, so the best time to burgle a property would be when everyone is either at work or at school. If you are not at home always remember to make sure that all your windows and doors are locked. Even if you are home, it is still important to make sure that your doors are locked. Where possible, try and leave a car parked near or on your property as burglars will avoid your property if it looks occupied.
Home Security Systems
Two-thirds of burglars avoid properties that have any form of alarm installationn in place. If you don’t have an alarm on your property and you are considering getting one, try and find a company that can offer an alarm which has features such as alarm zones, panic buttons, an app and have presence simulation.
In a third of burglaries, burglars actually enter a property through the front door regardless of whether it’s locked. As soon as a burglar has entered a property, they tend to head to the master bedroom in the house to look for items of value such as cash or jewellery. They will search under mattresses and go through wardrobes and drawers to find valuables. Burglars are not interested in televisions and bulky items and would prefer to take things that they can put into their pockets. If you have any valuables in your property store them in a safe which needs to be bolted to the wall or the floor. If you have anything that’s of high or sentimental value, such as a family heirloom, it’s better to put these in your bank, in a safe deposit box.
There tend to be more burglaries in rural areas than in built-up areas. It’s easy to believe that you are safer if you don’t live near a big city, but in fact, you may actually be at more risk of burglary. Good locks and a good alarm system can help keep burglars away and reduce this risk.
If you want to further enhance your home security then consider having some outdoor motion-activated lights. Consider the best place to put these outside of your home, as they can warn off any would-be burglar.
It is believed that nearly 90% of all burglaries are regarded as been preventable. Regardless of whether a burglary was planned or random, the majority of burglaries can be prevented if an alarm system has been installed. In fact, there only needs to be a basic alarm system in place.
By now you will have learnt the most important facts related to home security and if you take all of these on board, you will do your very best to prevent your property from being the subject of a burglary.