In recent times the most common treats to home and business are can be burglary. Throughout the country crime and burglary is on the increase. This can be as a direct effect due to the rescission.
Most burglaries occur when we are out of the home however this can leave a home or business owner feeling vulnerable and violated. Avoiding becoming one of the statistics you must first gain some knowledge on why the crime was committed and by whom.
Most crimes are based around the day time when n the intruder believes there is no one at home. Most modern families need t o have both parents working to survive. Statistics would believe that most crimes are committed by young males raging between the ages of 18-25 looking for items that are small and converted to cash quit easily. Expensive items like jewellery would be top of the list due to high prices paid for gold in the market place. Some of the most variable items would be watches, chains, bracelets, laptops, game boys, Xboxes to name but a few. Generally fast selling items are needed to gain cash quickly for possible feeding of a drug habits.
Most burglars would tend to prefer entering though an open door or window however failing that they will use force to gain entry.Tools used tend to be screw drivers, vice grips, pliers or small sharp instruments. Most burglars with know a particular home or estate preferred.
It is important that you must put in place some deterrents to help prevent your home or business being next.
Window and door locks.
Make the front and rear doors more secure as if it appears difficult they will simply bypass your home to find a less difficult one. Avoid keeping keys under the mat or plant pot; avoid keeping spear keys in the car as the burglar tends to know all the tricks. Fit 5 lever mortice locks (dead bolts) to all doors where possible. Have a solid wooden door or metal door; use a high quality dead bolt, use additional security on all rear doors. A pipe hole can be a good idea on a front door allowing you to see who might be at the door before answering. The weakest point of a door tends to be the receiver for the lock so be sure to have a good quality one fitted. Patio sliding doors tend to be venerable so extra security is a must. Some patio sliding doors can simply be lifted off their rails so fitting an anti lift device can resolve that issue. The cylinders on most patio doors tend to stick out too far allowing a tool is gripping it and snap it off. To avoid this you can use an anti snap cylinder so simply fit a smaller baby cylinder which will be flush with the door itself. Don’t be afraid to use decals stating alarm system in operation or guard dog as burglars don’t like either.
A window left open is an open opportunity to an intruder as it is an easy form of access. Even an upper window can be attractive to the burglar if there is any form of access via a roof or ladder lying around. Use secondary locking devices or additional security. There are products available on the market which will allow you to have a window slightly open without allowing it open fully.
Neighbours can be a good form of security. They can be visual on when they see a burglar simply on the lookout. Get to know your neighbours even if it too only watches your house when you are away, you too can return the favour when they are away. Neighbours can pick up newspapers, milk etc not allowing your property to look like there is no one there. Leaving a key with them will avoid you having to leave the key under the mat or under a plant pot in which the burglar will check.
Lighting can also be a good deterrent as a well lit home or business can be the difference between you being the target or not. A burglar does not want to be seen or identified which a light will do. Use timers they will allow you to set times when a light comes on or not.
Alarms play an important part in burglar prevention as if an intruder attempts to enter a property the alarm will activate causing a loud siren to go off also causing a distraction to other local homes, the intruder know this and will often get away as quickly as possible. If the alarm is contact to an alarm monitoring station it will notify the occupants and the Police.
Alarms can be a very effective deterrent when maintained and used correctly. It would be beneficial to notify your neighbours on the use of your alarm system as during a false alarm and you not being available they can resolve the issue.
Safes have now become very affordable. You can buy a good security safe for a small amount. However it is important to buy from a reputable dealer who can advise on one to suit you. There are many things to bear in mind, the amount cash to intend to put into it, the value of jewellery, weather you require it to be fire proof or not, key verses digital keypad, wear it’s going to be fitted.
The last one is probably the most important as most people simply don’t have them fitted correctly and the intruder can simply pick it up and walk away with it. You must secure it to a concrete wall or floor with the correct bolts to. When you choose a safe be sure to get into a regular habit of using it all the time.
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