According to Crime Stoppers, a burglary happens in the UK every 40 seconds. The consequences of a home invasion can go well beyond property damage and the loss of valuables or sentimental possessions. The mental and emotional impacts of experiencing a burglary can be traumatic and linger for a long time.
Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce the chance of burglars targeting your home or successfully breaking in. To protect yourself, your family and your property, consider these home security tips:
- Lock all doors and windows at night and when you are not home.
- Consider installing automatic security lights or surveillance cameras outside your home.
- Avoid leaving out any garden tools, ladders or other equipment that burglars could potentially utilise to gain entry.
- Ensure all sheds, garages and other outbuildings are locked.
- Turn lights, a television or a radio on when you leave the house to make it appear as if someone is home.
- Ask a family member, friend or neighbour to collect any post or newspaper deliveries if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time.
- Keep valuable possessions in areas of your home where they cannot be seen from outside.
- Be careful about announcing your intent to be away from your home, such as with a physical note left outside or on social media.
- Wait until collection day to put out the packaging of expensive purchases in your rubbish bin, so as to not advertise your new possessions to passers-by.
Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.