Protect your home from burglaries

How to protect your home from burglaries

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How to protect your home from burglaries

Your home is your castle, and you should try to protect it like a fortress, so that your family and your possessions are protected from potential thieves. Although you will be unlikely to give your home a fortress level of protection, there are many steps you can take which will deter opportunistic burglars. In this blog we take a look at simple ways to protect your home from burglaries, so that you feel safe and secure in your own personal space.

1 - Never leave a spare key outside your home

Although it may seem obvious to some, there are actually many people who leave spare keys outside their home in very obvious places. Potential burglars know that keys are often hidden under plant pots, bins, and door mats, so never leave a spare key under any of these popular places..

The safest option is to give your spare key to a family member or friend who you can completely trust. Alternatively, smart door locks are available which can be unlocked with a key and a unique user code, to gain access to the spare key inside.

2- Prepare for holidays

If you are leaving your home to go on a long holiday or even leaving your house empty for a short weekend, always prepare for your time away. Ideally, you will have a friend or family member who is able to house sit, so that your home is not left empty for a long period of time.

If not, ask someone you trust to pop in and draw the curtains, switch different lights on and empty your letterbox, these are all quick things which will make your home seem occupied. If there is no one available, we recommend investing in home automation, as you will be able to control everything from lighting to your television and security cameras all from your smart phone.

Above all, never share on social media that you are going on holiday, as this will act as a public announcement that your home will be empty and unprotected.

3- Invest in great lighting

In addition to smart lighting inside your home, try to light up the exterior of your home as this will deter potential burglars. Ideally, floodlights which are able to detect body heat or movement should be installed, as these will shine a light on intruders before they even make it close to entering your property.

Place lights around your garden, along pathways, around flower beds and on steps, as the last thing an intruder wants is to be in full view of your neighbours, so very bright lights are likely to scare them away quickly. We recommend that wherever possible you should install solar powered lights or smart lights which can be easily controlled, as there will save energy.

4- Hide valuables from view

If a potential thief can see that you have jewellery, smartphones, laptops or money on display, the temptation will be there for them to break into your property. Instead, hide your valuables from view and wherever possible lock them away in a safe space. It is never advisable to keep large sums of money in your home, and if you do have highly valuable possessions at home, it may be worth investing in a safe.

5- Limit access to your property

If your home is difficult to access, the more opportunistic burglars are likely to avoid your home. Think about installing a large wall, tall hedges and a gate which can be locked to protect the perimeter of your property. In addition, greasing downpipes, planting thorny shrubs, and trailing climbing roses around potential access points, will provide an extra layer of protection.

6- Deceive the intruders

The majority of intruders are looking for a quick opportunity, so they may not be targeting your house specifically. There are many innovative ways to deceive and deter burglars, so that your home stays safe, including dog barking simulators, FakeTV LED lights, automatic curtains and blinds, and even something as simple as leaving a car parked in your driveway.

7- Install a security system

If possible, install an alarm and CCTV system in a prominent position outside your home. If a burglar knows that a forced entry is likely to trigger a loud alarm, they will be much less likely to break into your home. Especially if they know that their faces are likely to be caught on CCTV, which could lead to a prosecution.

24-7 CCTV – Protecting your home from burglars

We specialise in offering an expert security service throughout Essex and the surrounding areas, with a friendly, down-to-earth, and honest approach. If you are concerned about protecting your home from intruders, our specialist team offer a FREE home survey service, which is a great opportunity for you to get to know the best ways to protect your home.

During the consultation we can take you through some demonstrations of our innovative CCTV systems, burglar alarms and even our remote video monitoring service. To find out more, please contact the 24-7 CCTV team today.

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