Simple Steps To Defend Your Home From Thieves
Understanding what deters criminals from targeting your home will help you choose the best security methods for your property.
Police.uk has both revealed that homes who haven’t installed any security features are five times more likely to be the targets of thieves than those with simple preventative measures in place. An additional study of one-time burglars carried out by Which has discovered that you’re much less likely to be the victim of a burglary if you have a robust alarm system in place.
There are a number of approaches you can take when looking to secure your property, and actually it’s better to have a suite of protection methods in place, so that if one fails to deter a burglar, something else might stop them in their tracks.
Don’t Tempt Thieves
Although a burglary is never the fault of the homeowner, as no-one should trespass on your property, let alone steal your possessions, it’s fair to say that there are plenty of steps you can take to dissuade thieves from seeing your property as a target. Leaving doors and windows open can be a huge invitation to the opportunist who is looking for quick access and an exit route. You should also lock your doors and windows to ensure that no-one tries to force their way through whilst you’re sleeping or away for the evening.
Light Them Up
Burglars don’t like to be on show, so the more you can do to take away their cover, the better. If you have high hedges then it’s important to trim them back, even if that means that the neighbours are able to see into your garden. You can also install security lights which will shine a beam on criminals as soon as they activate the trigger.
Install An Intruder Alarm
The threat of an alarm going off when a burglar has entered your home is also enough to persuade most thieves to move on elsewhere when looking for their next target. The latest intruder alarms incorporate the most contemporary detection devices which include dual tech and passive infrared technologies, magnetic reed contacts, glass-break detectors, vibration detectors and floodlighting. These devices can also send a signal to a remote location and alert you that an intruder is present. An intruder alarm Essex team also notes that installing a detection system can lower your home insurance premiums so long as you always turn it on when you’re out, you’re entirely honest with your insurance provider about the model you have, and you don’t use a dummy alarm instead of the real deal.
Beware of the Dog
Perhaps the most historic type of home security, a barking dog is still considered to be an effective defence against a robbery, particularly if the dog is loud! Burglars are aware of the potential harm that an angry, loyal dog can cause when trying to defend their home and would much rather try their luck elsewhere. If you don’t have, or don’t want a dog, then visual deterrents such as a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign or even barking dog audios are available to give the impression that your home is in fact fully canine-protected.
If your home is lacking on the security side, don’t wait around to become a burglar’s next crime scene. Take immediate steps to secure your home, providing you with maximum peace of mind that a burglar is five times more likely to look elsewhere!