With the holiday season fast approaching it is natural for thoughts to begin to turn to winding down and perhaps packing the kids up and escaping the city for a much needed break.
Unfortunately, this is also the season for home burglaries. Did you know there are over 30 burglaries occurring every hour on Christmas Eve in the NSW area alone?
It’s no coincidence that most of us fear being broken into at night when we are lying in bed or when we’re gone for the holidays. But the truth of the matter is, criminals prefer to break in during daylight hours or when they know nobody is home.
There are many companies who prey on a family’s fears, causing them to outlay a fortune for complicated and intrusive security equipment.
Unfortunately, investing in expensive alarm systems can end up costing you a lot of money. And most of your neighbors may assume if an alarm has been triggered, it was by accident and they ignore it!
7 Security Tips For Protecting Your Home
But home security needn’t be that way. By using these 7 basic safety equipment and simple routines for when you are away from home, you can minimize the chance of your home becoming the next crime statistic.
Security doors and windows – a.k.a. burglar bars – are the number one deterrent for any potential thief. But many people don’t install them because of how unattractive they looked in the past.
But modern security doors are nothing like they way they used to be. You can get gorgeous cafe doors, entrance doors and windows which are highly effective yet unobtrusive.
Lights on but nobody’s home…
Back in the day when we’d go out of town we’d leave the T.V. and the lights on.
Now you can install programmable lamp timers which alternate on and off to create the impression of a house being occupied. These are an affordable and cost effective method of giving your home a lived in look. Remember to keep curtains or blinds closed to maximise the effect.
Burglars are attracted to homes where they can do their work unseen from the street or the view of neighbours. Side paths which are heavily landscaped can provide the perfect cover for them.
Maintain a clear view of your home by removing or trimming bushes and shrubbery which may be obscuring it from the street.
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Do a walk around
Do a walk around your home and imagine you were a thief.
- Are there any bikes or expensive tools laying about in the open?
- Is the garage easily accessible?
- Is there a clear view into the house and its contents which may be tempting?
- What are the most vulnerable access points?
Ask your neighbors to keep a look-out while you’re away. They can help you keep your house to appear lived-in by:
- Parking a second car in your driveway
- Removing junk mail hanging out of the letterbox
- Putting out and taking in, trash bins
Think about what you are advertising
Bought a new T.V. or sound system lately? If you’re leaving the empty container or box out on the front grass to be picked up, it can act as a veritable shopping strip for potential thieves. Break down boxes and bury them in your normal weekly recycle bin.'Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to' John PearceClick To Tweet
People love advertising the fact that they are on vacation on social media. And Facebook is one of the most commonly used social platforms. Unfortunately, as soon as a friend ‘likes’ that post it can become visible to an extended and unintended audience.
But you have to be careful of posts on social media that let people know you’re on vacation or away for the holidays.
If you’re going to post holiday pics, use past tense terms such as “we had a great vacation” – this gives the impression you have returned home.
Over To You
By taking some simple preventative measures into your home and habits you’ll have a better peace of mind when you’re away on vacation or the holidays.
Burglars are opportunists – if they can’t gain entry quickly then chances are they will move on to a softer target. Enjoy your holidays with the knowledge that your home and belongings are safe and will be there when you arrive home from your travels.
What do you do to secure your house when you’re away? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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