It’s something we’ve all dreaded at one time or another. Waking up in a morning to realise that your home has been broken into. It’s not just the financial cost of the stolen items that has to be considered but also the emotional strain this can place on a person and the invasion of privacy and feeling of insecurity in your own home. To stop this from ever happening to you we have compiled a list of 8 things that you can do to make your home completely ‘burglar proof’.
1. Intruder Alarm System
Probably the most obvious choice is to have a burglar alarm installed. These devices can act as a deterrent to the would-be burglar on sight. If noticing the alarm doesn’t scare them off then the sound of it surely will. Some companies also offer a monitoring and response service where they will alert the local law enforcement to your property.
2. CCTV Systems
This can also act as a deterrent; as we all know the prevention is better than the cure. CCTV or Closed Circuit Television can also be a vital tool in collating evidence against intruders to form a successful prosecution later down the line. Advances in technology have made HD Surveillance Cameras readily available at a reasonable price. If you don’t want to spend too much money then you could opt for dummy cameras to try and scare them off. Which.com have given some advice on which type of CCTV system they think is best.
The old classic. Dogs are a tried and tested protector of their territory. A large dog with an even larger bark will put off even the most hardened criminal from breaking in to your house. No burglar wants to have to put up with a dog and even a ‘beware of the dog’ sign can be enough to deter them from entering.
4. Security Gate
Deterring burglary at your home is all about making it as hard as possible for the offender to gain entry to the point that it just isn’t worth it for them. Security gates are a great way of keeping unwanted people out of your driveway and can make it difficult to make a quick escape if your alarm disturbs them (or even better, your dog). The price range can vary greatly depending on the type of gate you choose. Here’s a great guide to buying electronic security gates for your home by AGD Systems.
5. Security Windows
Windows are often used as a point of entry for intruders and can be hard to make secure. Window alarms are a great way of alerting the homeowner to a break in. Reinforced glass in windows can also be a good option as it is incredibly difficult to break. This means the burglar has to make a lot of noise to break through it which increases the likelihood of them being disturbed and ultimately leaving empty handed.
6. Security Doors
There are all sorts of different security doors and locks on the market such as ‘fear-free’ doors which have locks all the way around the edge of the door. There are also different locks that can be purchased that prevent the lock being snapped off such as the anti-snap lock cylinder. The Master Locksmiths Association have some advice on preventing these types of burglaries. Always look for the MLA logo when choosing a locksmith.
7. Speaking to your neighbours
If you are going away on holiday it is always wise to speak to a trusted neighbour and ask them to keep an eye on your property. One big pitfall that people often fall foul of is posting on social media that you are going away on holiday. News travels fast and it can be all too easy for this information to fall into the wrong hands.
8. Be careful who you let in
This one is often over-looked but can be one of the most important pieces of information when talking about burglary prevention. Not all burglars wear a mask and a stripey top. A very common form of burglaries in the UK are distraction type offences. Offenders will pose as tradesmen, door to door sales people or anything else they can think of. While they are ‘distracting’ you an accomplice will sneak in the back door and remove the goods. This can happen to anybody and requires an acute awareness of what is going on around you. Always be skeptical of cold callers at your door and ALWAYS ask for identification.
Written for Find Security Services