How to stop burglars – top tips from ex burglars
How secure is your home? Go on, have a think about it….
I bet you’re thinking, actually, my house could be a bit more secure. I’ve got all those kids bikes in the garage, a load of tech in the living room. Oh and then there’s leaving the keys in the front door, and I don’t close all the windows if I’m out.
STOP RIGHT THERE
Does that sound familiar? Maybe, but there are some things you can do yourself to keep your home protected from thieves. But first, lets hear from burglars themselves.
What real burglars say (Express Newspapers, 2018)
In an article published on the express website, a number of ex burglars told of what would deter them from a potential target.
Little yappy dogs are scarier
One individual said that they were deterred by smaller dogs that barked a lot, rather than bigger dogs. So, little ankle biters are the best choice if you live in a neighbourhood that is prone to burglary. Jack Russel, Shih Tzu, or perhaps a Terrier. They have big personalities and are not scared of confronting anything.
Lights and TV’s don’t work
Leaving your TV on at 2am, at an obnoxiously loud volume with random lights on around the house will not always deter a burglar. This is what one individual said. So, you’re best off just leaving everything off. I mean, at night, you should be sleeping, right?
Lock away your valuables
When entering your home, there’s nothing better than seeing all your valuables scattered everywhere. Do yourself a favour and lock them away. Expensive jewellery, money boxes etc. Lock them all away.
Tech and other expensive things
Don’t leave your tablets, laptops, mobile phones etc. in view of the windows. Keep them out of the way. These items are all very attractive to burglars because they can make a quick sale out of them. Keep them in cupboards or drawers out of the way.
Signs to look out for
Police in Yorkshire have released a number of images of tell-tale signs your home may have been targeted by burglars (Express Newspapers, 2018). The Police are urging anyone who has seen any of these signs on any home to get in touch with them on 101.
This blog post aims to give you an idea about what to look out for, and how you can make sure your house is safe, sound and secure.
Look out for these signs. If you see any of these on your home, you have been targeted.
So what can you do to keep your home safe?
Facebook Check ins
How to keep your home secure. Social Media is the easiest way to show people that you’re having the best time ever away on holiday. But it may not be the best idea to do it while you’re away. Save all your photos for when you get home. It’s very easy for Facebook posts to be visible to potential burglars. Make sure your privacy settings are sorted. That way if you really need to share a photo only the people you want to see them, will.
Know your neighbours
Make friends with your neighbours. It’s very easy for us to be introverted when it comes to neighbours. They can be very helpful allies. You can tell them when you’re going away, and who should be at your house. They can report to you any unusual activity that may be happening while you’re away.
They don’t have to be expensive. There are such things as dummy cameras that you can put up as a deterrent. Though if you’re going to spend money on dummy ones, you might as well buy ones that record. If you have a lot of expensive items, it would be worth having them inside and out. As well as in garages and sheds.
Motion detection lights
Another potential deterrent. Lights that come on when something moves around can be good. Though the neighbour’s cat will be prone to setting them off. Light equals visibility, the perfect addition to a safe and secure home.
Of course locking your front door is a must. But what about your windows? Yes, lock all your windows at night and if you are out. In the summer it can get a bit hot I know. But most homes have windows that can be left “on the latch” so that you get a gentle breeze through the gap. A slightly open window can be very attractive to a burglar.
Outbuildings and roofs
Keep all your roofs secure and sealed. Conservatories with plastic roofs aren’t the best and are very easy to get through. Keep all of your sheds and garages locked and secure. Fix any broken windows or patchy woodwork.
Most of what I have mentioned is common sense. Don’t give burglars an excuse to get into your property keep all your valuables locked away. And a camera mightn’t be a bad idea.