Top tips for keep­ing your home safe

Rutherglen Reformer - - Home Security -

Bur­glary is both fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally dev­as­tat­ing for you and your fam­ily.

As the nights get darker, bur­glar­ies in­crease by around 20 per cent, so it’s im­por­tant to make sure your home se­cu­rity is up to scratch.

Bur­glars look for small and easy items to carry, ide­ally cash or items that can be sold on.

Bur­glars look for op­por­tu­ni­ties and weak­nesses in se­cu­rity. Here is our list of the most com­mon se­cu­rity mis­takes:

Like a shop front, open win­dows ad­ver­tise gad­gets that are left ly­ing around.

Keys left un­der plant pots pro­vide a con­ve­nient way to en­ter a home for ev­ery­body, not just fam­ily and friends.

Post­ing your where­abouts on so­cial me­dia ef­fec­tively ad­ver­tises your ab­sence to a po­ten­tial burglar.

Win­dows and doors are of­ten left un­locked.

Keys are left in the door giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity for a bu­gler to fish for them through the let­ter­box.

Valu­ables stored in ob­vi­ous places where a burglar is likely to look first, such as un­der the bed or bed­side drawer.

Tools such as lad­ders left out­side the prop­erty can be used to get in­side the house.

Let­ters and bills sim­ply dis­carded in the bin can be used

to steal you iden­tity.

Neigh­bour­hood watch schemes cre­ate a lo­cal com­mu­nity of peo­ple who will keep an eye on each other’s prop­erty, work­ing to­gether with the po­lice to build safe and friendly com­mu­ni­ties. Neigh­bour­hood watch stick­ers also act as a vis­ual de­ter­rent.

A Home safe is the most as­sured way to guar­an­tee im­por­tant items are safe, even in the event of a break in.

It’s im­por­tant to make sure it’s bolted to the floor to pre­vent some­body from tak­ing off with it.

An alarm will act as a vis­ual de­ter­rent to bur­glars and will alert you or neigh­bours when ac­ti­vated. It’s also worth turn­ing the alarm on while asleep as 57 per cent of bur­glar­ies hap­pen whilst peo­ple are at home.

Fit­ting win­dow and door locks that com­ply with BS:3621 are es­sen­tial when try­ing to de­ter a burglar. Statis­tics show that 73 per cent of bur­glar­ies gained en­try via the door.

Shred all let­ters and bills be­fore putting them in the bin to pre­vent iden­tity theft.

Adding se­cu­rity cam­eras and se­cu­rity lights also act as a de­ter­rent to in­trud­ers.

Imag­ine you are locked out of your prop­erty, how would you get in? A burglar will as­sess the sit­u­a­tion in ex­actly the same way. Make sure you are one step ahead.

Keys left un­der plant pots pro­vide a con­ve­nient way to en­ter a home for ev­ery­body, not just fam­ily and friends

Lock up

Bur­glars will look for an easy way in when tar­get­ing homes

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