We refer to burglars, a sad blight on modern living whose numbers seem to be on the increase, if the anecdotal evidence of people we know is anything to go by.
One factor that makes a home more tempting and more susceptible to break-ins is the ease with which valuables can be seen from the outside.
So it makes sense to not only add security features to your home but to hide items from evil eyes in the first place.
Security tips – what you can to do protect your home
Close and lock all windows and doors
Have a look around the house before going out, to make sure all windows are not just closed, but locked.
Also, gone are the days when you could leave doors unlocked while in your home. So prevent backdoor grab and run burglaries by locking your door if you’re in another part of the house.
If you are out in the garden, preoccupied with another activity, it’s always worth locking outside doors and closing downstairs windows, too.
When you go out, draw blinds closed so that nobody can see in to spot valuable items. The police suggest venetian blinds make it hard for burglars to gain entry easily and quietly.
Laptops, tablets, TVs and even valuable items of interest such as medals or pictures all have a place in the second-hand market
If they’re unseen they will be slightly less of a temptation.
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Windows and sliding doors
Sliding doors are vulnerable, particularly the older style ones that can be lifted out of their frames. Ask the company fitting your new doors to advise about extra security measures that will make them harder to remove.
How easy would it be for someone to kick in your front door?
One small lock in a central point is no match for a well-aimed, forceful boot, so add heavy duty deadbolt locks and dead-latch mechanisms that provide a much greater challenge.
Burglars want to get in and out with a minimum of fuss, so they won’t want to be fiddling about looking suspicious while people are walking by.
And on that topic, fit strong sensor lights that come on when there’s movement.
Bathe doorways with powerful lights to expose any untoward activity.
Gates and bushes
Restrict access to your property in the first place, by adding good gates and bushes with prickly thorns at the border, and even directly under windows to make access even more difficult.
Make it clear that your home is protected by putting up signs alerting intruders to the presence of security systems and CCTV coverage.
You could also consider using invisible liquid containing traceable forensic codes to mark valuables. Or even if you don’t do that you could put up signs saying that you have.
Jewellery and other precious items should be stored in unusual locations rather than obvious places such as bedside tables or bedroom drawers.
Maybe put them in plain boxes behind medicines or cleaning materials in bathroom cabinets or in kitchen utility rooms inside dummy washing powder boxes.
Have plug socket timers to activate lights and/or radios, so that it looks and sounds as though someone is home even if the house is empty.
Get to know your neighbours
Once you have grown to trust those living nearby, ask them to keep an eye on your place when you go out for an evening or if you’re planning a few days away.
Watch your social media activity
Much as we love to tell friends that we’ve just checked in at Gatwick Airport on our way to a fortnight in the sun, is it such a good idea?
If you don’t have privacy settings on your accounts locked down correctly you are inviting interest in your home from the wrong type of people.
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