When someone is burgled, it is understandable to panic. It can be difficult to determine why it has happened. It cannot be assumed that living in a supposedly safe and secure neighbourhood or having an old alarm system to be enough, as thieves tend to act when an opportunity arises such as an insecure and empty looking household. To reduce the risk of robberies in the home, it is essential to be aware of what burglars look for. Home security should be a top priority for every homeowner. Shockingly, 9 out of 10 people do not purchase an alarm system until after they have been burgled according to The Guardian.
This is something that can be prevented by having a secure home security system. Burglars will take any possible chance to break in if they see an opportunity. It is important to ensure that all doors and windows are locked, secure and that all valuables are hidden from view.
Homeowners often leave their front door open whilst sitting in the back garden, unknowingly providing the burglar with the opportunity to run in, grab some valuables and leave undetected. Burglars are often attracted to dark and unlit homes, which give the impression that they are unoccupied. Adding exterior lighting to the home can deter night burglaries. The most popular exterior lights are passive infa-reds, which are triggered when someone walks within its vision. They are best placed on the approach to the front and rear doors, providing sufficient coverage.
If the house is going to be unoccupied on an evening or longer, some lights should be left on or set using a timer to give the impression that someone is home. It is vital to remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries as these are often a tell-tale sign.
The Metropolitan Police have stated that even having access to objects such as wheelie bins on the property is something that burglars look out for as it provides them with something to hide behind as they assess the condition of the property. They can also be used to climb over locked gates and high walls. It is recommended to mark possessions and valuables with an ultraviolent pen or registering them at www.immobilise.com. This will at least ensure that if a proprietor is a victim of burglary, the police can trace their belongings back to them.
Whilst many homeowners own some sort of home security system, they are not frequently monitored or maintained making it ineffective. For peace of mind, it is advisable to invest in a monitored home security system. Many homeowners may be conscious of the added costs involved with ongoing security packages. Kings Security is able to provide both monitoring and annual maintenance visits within our home security packages, ensuring that your security system continues to protect your property.
As an NSI NACOSS Gold approved company, our home security systems are of the highest industry standard and are recommended by the police. Families deserve the best protection for their home and these are just a few tips on how you can prevent your family from been victims of burglary. Look out for part two with more advice on burglary prevention.