How to keep your property secure

How to keep your property secure
Posted by James Hood

Having someone break in to your home can be a traumatic, worrying and costly experience – and even worse if you’re in the house or flat at the time. But there is plenty you can do to deter delinquents and professional criminals from getting their paws on your iPad.

Think like a burglar
If I was a burglar, where could I hide while I wait for you to leave? And how can I get in to this property quietly and undetected? Take a look outside and find places in your garden or communal grounds that could be a safe haven for potential thieves like large bushes or behind the wheelie bins. Also do a little case of your own joint and check that windows are secured from the outside and there are no easy ways for a burglar to climb into a top floor window.

Light up, light up
Darkness is the friend of burglars. Consider a sensor light that comes on when someone approaches your home. You might need to discuss this with other apartments if you live in a shared building, but we’re sure they’ll see the benefit too.  

Security options
Depending on the type of property you live in there are many gadgets and pieces of equipment you can deploy to ensure you scupper the chances of anyone breaking in and stealing your beloved Pink Floyd collection. They range from doorstop alarms (which are used mostly when you’re at home and are triggered when the door is opened) to fully kitted out ADT security systems. You can even get video cameras installed.

Smash proof your windows
If you live on the ground floor or in a house, a burglar will smash your windows to get in. They can be expensive but double glazed windows are virtually unbreakable, making it safe and secure for your belongings inside.

Out of sight out of criminal minds
Don’t think that just because you’re at home watching corrie that you can leave your Macbook Pro or Bose headphones lying around in full view of the world outside. Remember that burglars might spot something they like days or weeks before you jet off to Spain – and then come back to take what they want. Keep anything expensive or that has sentimental value out of the view of passers by.

Use your common sense
A lot of home security has to do with common sense. In fact, when researching this article we discovered that many thieves will simply take advantage of people who have been careless or lazy when it comes to locking up their valuables. Especially as summer approaches, check the house or flat before you shoot off to the park.

Get insured
Don’t wait until you’ve had something you really love or that you can’t afford to replace stolen before thinking about insurance. Do it today and cover your belongings in case they are taken or damaged.

Finally, here’s a handy tip from a burglar
Remember, the goal isn't to make your house completely break-in proof. It is simply to make your house a less attractive target than the other houses in your neighbourhood. Look at the surrounding houses and adjust accordingly. Don't be the lowest-hanging fruit! Courtesy of lifehacker.com

 

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