Unfortunately, burglaries are still very common. With 1,000,000 burglaries happening in the UK every year, it’s time to think like a burglar to find out if your property is as secure as it could be.
Burglars normally look for the easiest targets, therefore by keeping your home protected and making it much harder for burglars to gain access, you lower the chances of becoming a victim.
Try to think like a burglar by taking a look around the outside of your home to try and spot the weaknesses that stand out to you. Think about;
CAN OUTSIDERS SEE YOUR BELONGINGS THROUGH THE WINDOW?
If valuables or collectables are on show, they may be tough for a burglar to resist, make sure they're not in view.
HOW STRONG ARE YOUR DOOR AND WINDOW LOCKS?
With 57% of burglars entering through a door or window, it’s important to make sure that your door and window locks are fitted with good strong locks.
DO YOU LEAVE A SPARE KEY IN UNDER THE DOOR MAT?
Avoid hiding spare keys for your home near the property, instead ask a trustworthy neighbour or a family member to keep the key safe.
IS THERE A WORKING ALARM SYSTEM ON YOUR PROPERTY?
Alarm systems act as one of the most visual deterrents for burglars, keeping your home safe and secure.
ARE THERE COVER AREAS FOR AN BURGLAR TO HIDE BEHIND?
Look for areas where burglars may hide behind like bushes and trees. Trim landscaping around the house to give burglars less cover.
HOW SECURE ARE YOUR GATES?
Just by investing in a couple of padlocks to help your outdoor security, would help to deter a burglar from attempting to gain access.
DO YOU HAVE TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR BURGLARS TO USE?
Burglars look for ways inside a property, and by having tools or garden furniture available for use, they will manage to find a way inside.
IS THERE SECURITY LIGHTING AROUND YOUR PROPERTY?
Burglars love to work in the dark, therefore by having plenty of exterior lights, this will help to deter them away.
Always be vigilant. Some burglars pose as other people, such as a delivery person, window cleaner, painter or even a police officer. If you’re not expecting anyone, always ask for ID and contact the company to see if they have sent someone round.