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7 tips to prevent home burglary

It’s a sad fact of modern life that e need to keep our houses locked day to prevent burglars. However, there are steps you can take to keep the bad guys at bay. 7 tips to prevent home burglary

 

1.   Don’t make it obvious you’re at work

Closing the blinds tight is a dead giveaway that there’s no-one home. Leave the blinds a bit open as you would if you were home. Consider leaving a radio or TV on too. Remember that most burglaries occur during the day.

 

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2.   Install an alarm

Security alarms are proven to be the most effective way to deter thieves, and the most effective alarms are ones that can be seen from the street.

3.   Lock your home

Make sure your home is locked up before you go to bed or go out – even if it’s only for a few minutes. Always lock windows and doors. Having keyed locks to all your windows and double-keyed deadlocks on doors means thieves can only leave the same way they got in, making it harder for them to steal big items.

4.   Install movement-activated sensor lights

Thieves are shy. If you install sensor lights they’ve be gone in a flash!

 

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5.   Don’t leave spare keys out

We all know we shouldn’t do it, but so many people still do! Thieves know all the hiding spots, so don’t risk it. Ever. If you want to have a spare key available in case of emergencies, leave a key with a neighbour or friend.

6.   Lock the gates

Back and side entrances allow out of sight access to your home, making it easy for thieves to break in without being seen by neighbours.

 

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7.   Lock sheds and garages

Sheds are full of tools that can be used to break into your home. At the very least, you don’t want anyone to steal the mower. Don’t leave valuables like bikes, kayaks, and lawnmowers outside even while you’re at home – it’d very easy to jump the fence and grab something while you’re inside.

8.   Don’t tell thieves you’re on holidays

Being away makes your property more vulnerable to theft. Try to make it look as though someone is at home. Get a neighbour to collect mail so that it’s not obvious you are away. Never advertise on Facebook or other social media that you going on a trip.

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Phyllis Stylianou

Phyllis Stylianou is a journalist with 35 years’ experience as a reporter, sub-editor and editor. Writing is the great love of her life (after her family) – as is renovating old homes and building new ones (which she’s embarking on again!) So writing about everything to do with building, renovating and gardening is her passion.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.

  • The reason behind investing security system is to discourage wrongdoing in your home. It’s
    been looked into that 9 out of 10 thieves said that if they experienced a caution or home security system, they would not assault the home. Homes without a security system are 2.7 to 3.5 times more inclined to be liable to a thievery. So, for safeguards like window locks and deadbolts on entrance, a security system is a key part for your home safety.