HELP­FUL TIPS

Fairlady - - HOME TRUTHS -

• High walls and hedges could help in­trud­ers avoid be­ing seen. Make sure your prop­erty isn’t com­pletely hid­den from view. • Al­ways en­sure that your home looks oc­cu­pied. • Don’t leave tools ly­ing around, as they can help some­one break in. • A bur­glar can see into your home more eas­ily if the lights are on and it’s dark out­side, so close blinds and cur­tains at night. • Your gate should have an anti-lift de­vice to en­sure it can­not be taken off its rails. Se­cure your gate mo­tor with an anti-theft bracket. • Don’t leave pack­ag­ing for re­cy­cling out as it of­fers clues as to valu­able items in your home. • Out­door CCTV cam­eras should be weather-proof and po­si­tioned where they can’t be tam­pered with. • Don’t put a sign de­not­ing pro­tec­tion by a spe­cific se­cu­rity com­pany on your door. Know­ing which se­cu­rity sys­tem you’re us­ing can pro­vide enough in­for­ma­tion on how to dis­able it. • Get a dog – its bark will alert you. • Don’t leave garage doors open so that con­tents are vis­i­ble. • Don’t ig­nore the in­ter­com buzzer or bell – crim­i­nals could be check­ing whether you’re home. • Un­col­lected post makes your prop­erty vul­ner­a­ble. Also con­sider in­stalling timers for the lights both in­side and out­side. • It’s a trend among house­break­ing syn­di­cates to take your ve­hi­cle as well as house­hold be­long­ings, so keep car keys hid­den if you’re away. • Reg­u­larly check that your alarm and elec­tric fenc­ing are work­ing. • Be smart about who you let into your home. Keep a close eye on any­one you hire and keep valu­ables out of sight.

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