Securing your home deserves serious thought – as well as investment. Here are the most common ways to keep your property safe, together with some less common approaches.
Recent research highlighted Ilford in east London as having the highest rate of burglary in the country - and Northern Ireland as having the lowest.
Numerous London boroughs made the top 20, along with areas of other cities – including Manchester. Many rural postcodes in the UK had practically no burglaries.
According to the most recent Crime Survey of England and Wales, domestic burglary offences fell 8% from October 2015 to September 2016 and have plummeted 71% since 1995.
One of the reasons suggested for the reduction is that the street value of electrical goods has collapsed. Online crime, meanwhile, has surged.
That said, burglary remains a real threat for people across the UK.
But what are the most effective ways to keep your home secure?
Some of the most common and obvious (yet effective) methods are:
- Closing and locking all windows and doors at night and when you are out of the house
- Fitting security locks
Other ways to secure your home:
- Change your door to one without a letter box
Would-be thieves can peek through letter boxes and use extendable rods to unhook keys hanging in the hallway.
- Avoid having tall fences or shrubs around your front door
They can conceal a burglar’s entry.
- Put table lamps on a timer for when you leave the house or for when you are in another part of the property.
You’re home, even when you’re not.
- Fit a motion sensor floodlight
Burglars hate to be in the spotlight.
- Invest in a burglar alarm
These can be activated in parts of your home that you don’t sleep in – e.g. your ground floor. You will be able to enjoy a good night's sleep knowing that your entire property is protected.
- Install a CCTV system
Modern systems are extremely affordable and can be hooked up to a monitor, discreetly placed in a cupboard or garage. A camera is a great deterrent and if a burglar should pay a visit, the police will have some solid evidence.
- Consider getting a dog
As well as being a faithful and entertaining friend, a loud dog can be a great burglar deterrent.
- Don’t advertise your belongings
Keep that executive saloon in the garage and conceal your interior with blinds.
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