Leaving your home unprotected is risky. A burglary can happen anywhere, whether you live in a house or an apartment, whether it is in a town or city or a suburban or rural area. Statistically, burglaries of residential properties accounted for 69.5% of all burglary offences in 2016. Don’t let your home become another of these.
Even if you're not there when it happens, a break-in can permanently shatter your feeling of security. Fortunately, taking a few simple precautions could dramatically reduce the risks of an invader gaining access to your home and keep your living space how you want it.
1. Do not have money or jewellery, or anything else small and valuable and easily picked up, lying out in view from a window.
In fact, for your best peace of mind, consider purchasing two fire-resistant safes: One for your valuables and one for important documents and data. To protect your safes themselves from theft, bolt them to the floor.
2. Never tell strangers your daily routines,
and avoid telling others about any valuables you have in your home. If you're at home but working outside, make sure all doors that are out of your sight are locked. Opportunist burglars will observe that you are working in your garden and assume it likely that your house is not locked, so may take the opportunity.
3. Don’t leave tools or ladders in your yard.
Burglars have been known to use such things to gain access to your home.
4. Be wary about posting your holiday and business trip plans and updates on social media websites
as, even though you trust your friends, you never know who might learn that you're not home. Never put anything on social media with your house address. Save your holiday photos and post them after you arrive home.
5. If you have children, discuss home security with them
such as not talking with strangers about their home, its contents or family schedules. Children can quite innocently breach your security because of their inherent trust of all adults around them. Find ways to help them understand the need for care.
6. Keep a detailed inventory of your valuables
including the date of purchase, price paid and serial numbers. In the unhappy, and hopefully unlikely event of your belongings being taken you can tell the police what was yours.
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