It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to both yourself and your possessions. Here are seven expert tips to stay protected.
- Lock up: Always secure your home, even if you are only going out for a short while or are in the garden. Robbers often walk right through an unlocked door.
- Conceal alarm wiring: Professional thieves will look for places where they can disconnect the security system.
- Use a deadbolt: Avoid spring latch locks as they are easy for thieves to slip a plastic credit card into. Change the locks when you move into a new home and consider installing window locks, burglar-resistant glass, and an alarm system.
- Spare keys: Never keep a spare key in the mailbox, under a mat or on a nail in the garage. Instead, wrap a key in foil and bury it where only you can find it.
- Install entrance lighting: Having a bright home entranceway will deter thieves. Consider lighting with an infrared detector. Keep lights and a radio on when you leave the house.
- Ask neighbours to keep watch: Keep an eye out for each other and speak up if you see people lurking about. Don’t leave notes for service people on the door or leave keys with the cleaning team.
- Keep your garage door closed: Not only will this protect your belongings in the garage, but it won’t be so obvious that you are out.