Crime Prevention

A burglar!

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Crime Prevention
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Burglaries happen every single day of the year, thousands of them, they are not the type of things which happen to other people, they happen to all sorts of people, in all sorts of homes, but they do have one thing in common – they leave the victims feeling violated and unsafe in their own homes. Valuables are lost, and in some cases break-ins involve violence, even murder. The thing is though, that there is something you can do to stop yourself becoming one of the unfortunate many – the majority of thieves are looking for easy pickings, so the more difficult you make it for them, the less chance you have of becoming their next victim.

These few simple tips can really help:

  • Make sure that the outside of your house is well it, that way neighbors can easily see if anything untoward is going on. If you install motion sensor lights to the exterior of your house it can be just about impossible for a burglar to break in undetected.
  • Install security cameras.
  • Don’t provide burglars with good hiding places close to the door – trim back any bushes etc.
  • Make sure that all exterior doors are fitted with dead-bolt locks. You do, however, need to be able to open doors from the inside without the need of a key so that you can make a quick escape from fire etc. if necessary.
  • Make sure that all outside doors have peepholes.
  • Mark all valuables with “Operation Identification”, then get some stickers from the local police and put them on all of your windows, just to tell any would-be burglars that your items can be easily traced, that should put them off.
  • Don’t keep lots of money in your home, or expensive jewelry and other valuables for that matter. You might think that your hard earned dosh is safe under the mattress, but a bank really is a much better option.
  • Make a list of all valuables including serial numbers etc, with receipts and even a video recording or photo. That way if you do get burgled you’ll have something to show the insurance company exactly what you lost.
  • Make sure that locks are fitted to all windows, even the garage and basement windows.
  • You might want to show off to your friends that you’re going on a three week cruise around the Caribbean, but don’t advertise the fact on Facebook / Answering machine messages or anywhere else for that matter. Some other people might be extremely interested in an empty house.
  • If you are going away, fit timers to lights etc so that the house doesn’t look empty. Arrange for a neighbor to pick up newspapers, put out the trash etc to make the house look occupied.
  • Don’t leave valuables next to an open window – you might think that this is obvious but how many times have you sat close to an open window on your laptop – gone to the bathroom for a couple of minutes and left it there. It only takes a second you know.
  • Never open the door to a stranger without first checking them out with the peephole.
  • If you do think that you are being robbed don’t confront the burglar, go to a safe place and quietly call the police.

 

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