Being a victim of a burglary or break-in can be a hugely traumatising experience.
We all want to feel safe and secure when we’re at home.
Luckily, there’s some simple things you can do to help protect your home and family from unwanted intruders, using crimsafe.
Lock up your home
Locksmiths can configure all your windows to a single key for extra convenience.
Even if you are going out for a short time, be sure to lock all your doors and windows.
It sounds obvious but most burglaries happen in the day when opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes.
Change your locks
Changing your locks are a great starting point to securing the property, if you have just moved into your new home, or if you believe your locks may been compromised.
This is especially important if you are living in a building that has housed previous occupants.
You should also change your locks as soon as possible if you, or any other residents, lose your keys.
Alarm and sensor lights
Another deterrent is of defense to your home with an alarm system.
Sensor lights switch on when they detect movement making them an excellent way of increasing your security.
Dogs for extra security
A barking dog can be an excellent alert for you and your family to be aware and stay safe.
It’s also an excellent deterrent and even something as simple as installing a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign can make thieves think twice before targeting your home.
Lock your valuables away
If you live in an affluent area and drive a luxury car, chances are you may also have more valuable possessions to try to steal.
Items such as phones, wallets, laptops and jewellery should be locked up/.
Social media silence
If you have an upcoming trip, avoid revealing too much information about it online, especially when it comes to sharing the dates that you’re away.
If you’re traveling for an extended period, consider asking trusted family or friends to check in on your home from time to time and collect your mail.
These days it’s easier than ever to let strangers know that you’re not home
Get to know your neighbours
Neighbours can help keep an eye out when you’re away and report suspicious activity at your home.
By returning the favour, it’s win-win for both parties.
You can also check your local Neighbourhood Watch for updates about crime in your area.
Upgrade security doors and windows
60% of victims report that a door or window of their home was damaged during an attempted break in.
Crimsafe recommend strengthening your home’s defences with quality Crimsafe screen doors & screen windows to protect your loved ones and your valuables.
Strong screens can also act as a visual deterrent for intruders, sometimes stopping them from even trying to gain access.