Being burgled is a terrifying experience. Even though most burglars choose to strike when properties are empty, knowing that someone has entered your home and been through your stuff would make anyone uneasy. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take in order to dramatically improve the state of your home security.
The following 10 facts will help you to work out the best security measures for your home. Many of the most effective things you can do are easy and inexpensive.
Cameras are deterrents
CCTV cameras are a staple of any modern security system, whether in a residential or a commercial context. They can record any crimes that occur, but they are also effective deterrents. If a potential intruder spots your CCTV system, they are more likely to leave your home alone. Having your CCTV installation performed by professional CCTV installers, such as ACCL who offer the service in London and Kent, is a good idea as they will be able to advise you on the best position for your cameras.
Alarms are even better
Seeing a CCTV camera will make many would-be burglars think twice about their chosen target, but an alarm system is even better. If you’ve ever wondered why homes with burglar alarms often advertise this fact using a branded unit with the name of the alarm company, this is why.
Most burglaries occur during the day
We often think of the night as being more dangerous than the day, but most burglars prefer to strike during the day. This is partly because so many people are expecting burglaries to occur at night that they often overlook suspicious behaviour during the day.
They prefer it when you’re not home
Unsurprisingly, burglars prefer to get on with their work without being disturbed by homeowners. Because of this, burglars will look for any indication that the homeowner is likely to be in, or if the home has been empty for a while. For example, if they notice that bins are overflowing, the grass is overgrown, or newspapers have piled up, these are all indicators that the homeowners are away.
They don’t always need to force their way in
When we imagine someone breaking into a home, we think of just that – breaking. However, it is thought that around a third of all burglars gain entry to a home through an unlocked door or window. Forgetting to shut and lock windows and doors could prove to be a very costly mistake. You should, therefore, try your best to remember to check that your house is truly secure every time you leave it unoccupied.
They usually knock on your door
While professional burglars know what signs to look for to determine if anyone is home, there is still a far simpler way – knock on the door. That’s right, most burglars will knock on the door first! If there’s an answer, they simply make their excuses, saying they have the wrong house or something similar. If no one answers, they know they have a target.
No one wants to think about being burgled, but it is the only way of avoiding it. It only takes a few relatively simple and cheap methods to make your home more secure and to deter would-be intruders.