With all your Christmas goods lying around and their packaging out the front for disposal, there’s going to be a lot of prying eyes on your property this festive season. Prying eyes? That means the potential of theft rises. Will they chance it? Don’t let them!
It’s time to talk about securing your home.
Many of us only lock the door, and this is a significant step that people still forget about. It’s all too easy to walk out the door for a five-minute trip and leave the door wide open. Take the time to lock your door with a key, and in a perfect world, that should be enough.
Unfortunately, it isn’t. Criminals will always find a way to break into a property that has items they want because that’s what they do. Locking your door is a great deterrent, but if you’re putting the contents of your house on display, criminals will take risks.
Consider purchasing an alarm system for your household. Again, this is something that will ideally never be needed, but it’s an incredible deterrent. An alarm system can alert the authorities to a break-in, meaning you don’t need to lift a finger. There are, however, ways for enterprising criminals to get around them.
Force of entry for a quick grab is still a common tactic. It’s not going to care about your alarm systems because, by the time the criminals and your items are gone, it’s going to be far too late. Secure your door, make sure it’s not rotting and if you want to take it to the next level, purchase a door devil anti-kick device to secure your door and door frame from this common tactic. If you make it easy for criminals to break in, they are going to break in. They don’t want a challenge; they want it to be easy. Make life hard for them and try not to be polite here. It’s your home.
There are simpler ways to secure your home. As listed earlier, don’t advertise the contents of your home. Draw your curtains or blinds when you are not in and leave a light on. Don’t give the opportunity for people to peek in and around your home. If you are on vacation, ensure you have organized the means for someone to dispose of or collect, the mail that will build up on your doorstep and advertise the vacant property. It’s all about not leaving an opening!
Now, your home doesn’t need to be a fortress (no-one wants that), but there are a huge amount of ways that you can secure your home. Plan ahead, be smart and keep an eye out. Record any suspicious activity in the area in a diary just in case there is a break in. Any information you can collect and give to the police is going to help you out here. Ideally, this will not happen if you take the time to secure your home. The best deterrence to criminals is common sense and not an obsession with not being burgled.