Burglary is just one of those things you think will never happen to you…until it does! To prevent the worst from happening, it’s important to understand how thieves operate and how they take advantage of homes without ever stepping inside. Here are 5 tips to help protect your home:
- Don’t be an easy target
Burglars are known to return to the same homes they’ve targeted before. In fact, victims of burglary have a 28% chance of it happening again at the same property! If you’ve ever had a break in, make sure you review and test your security systems at the earliest opportunity. If the system has not been serviced within the last 12 months it would be advisable to arrange for a reputable company to attend and carry out maintenance checks.
Furthermore, burglars tend to target areas they are familiar with. If a house in your neighbourhood has been burgled, consider tightening your home security measures to prevent it from happening to you.
2. Let’s talk about sheds and garages
Often detached from the house, sheds and garages are much easier to break into. They usually contain tools, bikes and other expensive equipment. This equipment can then be used to gain entry into the home.
To prevent access, invest in a strong padlock and/or alarm system. If you want to be extra cautious, cover your valuables with a sheet so burglars can’t see the goods!
3. Don’t be a show off
One of the best things about getting a brand new car is showing it off for everyone to see! We’re all guilty of it, but the vehicles parked on your driveway are a good indication of what’s inside the house.
It’s not always possible, but try to park your vehicle discreetly to minimise the risk of being burgled.
4. Bin day just got serious
It may sound silly, but burglars on the prowl are always looking for a risk that’s worth the reward. Online orders, especially throughout lockdown have been at an all time high.
Make sure any expensive packaging is disposed of properly and completely out of sight. Even if Amazon has sent your new knife and fork set in a box the size of England and your wheelie bin is full!
5. Can anyone feel that draft?
As the weather gets warmer, you may be tempted to leave the windows open whilst you nip to the shop.
But don’t be fooled – burglars are always looking for vulnerabilities they can exploit. Make sure you lock all your windows and doors when out of the house, even if it’s just a short period of time.
Taking our 5 tips on board is sure to minimise the risk of home burglaries, but they aren’t entirely fool proof. To ensure your home is completely secure, get in touch with a professional. The team at Scope are experts in this field and offer free consultations, audits and more. Contact us to learn how we can help.