Protect your home with our burglary prevention checklist
There were an estimated 800,000 home burglaries in England and Wales across the year ending March 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics. Being burgled is an extremely distressing and inconvenient experience, and you should take every effort to minimise the risk.
Unfortunately, there’s always a chance of burglary no matter where you live and how many precautions you take. However, ticking off all the points in this burglary prevention checklist is a fantastic step to deterring would-be thieves and keeping your family, home and belongings safe.
Keep doors and windows locked
It’s important to ensure all doors and windows are locked whenever you leave your home, even if it’s only for a few minutes. You should also keep your doors locked while you are inside. If you would like to keep your windows open for fresh air, try to only open those in the room you are occupying, or use the ‘locked open’ setting.
Invest in a security alarm — and use it
A security alarm system increases the chance of intruders fleeing or being caught should they get inside your home. Plus, having the alarm visible outside of your home or displaying alarm stickers is an effective way to deter criminals from targeting your property.
Consider installing CCTV
CCTV acts as a deterrent, and will capture valuable evidence should any crime occur. This is good for police investigations, as well as insurance claims. For a lower-cost option, install a decoy camera that simply acts as a deterrent.
Keep valuables and keys out of sight
Opportunistic thieves may do a ‘smash and grab’ if they see a valuable or set of keys through your window. But there’s also the risk of burglars spotting high-value goods like laptops and jewellery through your window, and so targeting you later. At Christmastime, by wary of piling gifts beneath the tree. You can find more Christmas security tips in this blog post.
Install security lights
If your property isn’t already well-lit, you should install security lights at the front and back doors. This will make your home a much less attractive prospect for burglars.
Secure your boundaries
There are a lot of things you can do outside to make your home a less appealing target. Tall fences that are difficult to climb but easy to see through are a great choice. Noisy gravel pathways, prickly shrubs and padlocked gates are also effective security measures.