Understanding what motivates a burglar to break in and ransack your house is simple, they want to steal your most valuable possessions and turn them into quick cash. But understanding HOW they plan to get in, and taking action to safeguard your home, could be the difference between a break in and a safe family home...
Ensure that your front door is locked when you leave the house. uPVC doors should have the handle lifted before you lock! Additionally, if your door features a window panel, make sure that no valuables can be seen through the glass! Finally, don't leave spare keys in predictable places, like under the doormat. Instead, store your keys in a hidden and safe place e.g. inside a box on a shelf in your home.
The ground floor window
Always make sure your windows are locked and that curtains and blinds are shut when you're out. Blinds make a racket if they're disturbed which is bad news for a burglar who's trying to sneak around! So, if you're going out, pull the blinds down!
The back door
Again, lock the door and store the key in a safe place. Installing a security light in the garden also ensures any burglar who tests his luck is caught in the act and illuminated, scaring him away! Additionally, a CCTV system can monitor key entrances to your home, providing footage of anyone lurking around your property.
Make sure the garage door is locked along with any internal doors that lead in to your home. You should regularly check that your garage door closes properly, whether it's electric or manually closed, so burglars can't prize their way in.
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