The global economic crisis is by no means over and in these tough times one thing is for certain; petty crimes, such as break-ins and theft, become more common. People are struggling at the moment and financial ruin drives people to do things that may not usually do. Breaking into a home and taking valuable items such as jewellery, electronics and cash are regarded by many criminals as a quick win and the risk is relatively low as most homes are poorly secured. What’s more, the recession means that you really don’t want to be replacing any stolen or damaged items as a result of an unwanted visitor. For this reason you need to ensure that your home is as secure as it can be. The saying ‘better safe than sorry’ has never been more relevant. So, what steps can you take to minimise the chance of a successful break-in to your home?
There are a number of things that you can do to improve your home security and they are all relatively straight forward. The first thing to do is to make sure that you have strong, working locks on all windows and doors, particularly on the ground floor. Unlocked or open doors and windows are the main point of entry for intruders and they make getting in and out of your property very easy. Securing all access points is the first step to making your home hard to forcefully enter. You may think that taking the time to lock all windows and doors every night and when you leave the property is time wasted, but just imagine how you would feel returning to your property and realising that it had been burgled.
On top of proper locks it is essential to have a fully functional alarm system. After all, what’s the point in having locks if once they are breached you aren’t warned? Alarms are beneficial in two ways. Firstly they warn you and others that someone is trying to gain entry. Secondly, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your home, they act as a deterrent. If a burglar sees an alarm system is in use they are likely to move on to a different property.
Most homes should at least have alarms and locks in place. But this still isn’t enough to provide comprehensive protection. If you have a large driveway, live in a secluded area or have fairly large grounds fences and gates are also an option. Criminals understand the advantages of targeting houses that are out of the way and as a result it is important to take extra precautions.
An excellent addition to any security measures is CCTV. CCTV, like alarms, works in more than one way. Perhaps the greatest power of CCTV is that of deterrent. Burglars see cameras on the outside of buildings and immediately decide that it simply isn’t worth the risk. If they do decide to take the chance and they are caught on CCTV the likelihood of conviction increases greatly as identifying and prosecuting the criminals is much easier with clear footage.
On top of CCTV you can bolster your home security with security grilles. Security grilles are similar to roller shutters but they are much more suited for use on residential properties. The main advantage of security grilles is that they provide a physical barrier that prevents intruders from getting to your valuables. And if someone does decide to take their chances properly installed grilles will significantly slow them down, to the extent that most give up and flee. Moreover when properly manufactured and installed, security grilles are insurance approved in most countries. This means that your insurance costs will go down because your security has improved.
If you do all of the above your home will be considerably more secured and the chance of a successful break in will be minimal.
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