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How To Burglar-Proof Your Home This Winter - Tips From A Convicted Crook

Date: 30 November 2023

If you're worried about a break in or you've experienced one already and want to burglar-proof your home, you're in the right place.

An insightful video by Cambridgeshire Police reveals a convicted crook's burglary tips - so homeowners like you can take preventative measures to beat the burglars!

Unfortunately, the video is no longer live... but the tips are still very much relevant.

A burglar's motive:

The convicted burglar's motivation to steal small items was so he could sell them and "have a good time".

These items were often jewellery, handbag items, laptops and iPads - things that would definitely sell quickly.

When asked what factors determined which houses he burgled, he replied:

"At night, 2 out of 10 houses are left open... I'll try the front door, back door and windows...I'd even smash the window with a brick and enter the house while they're sleeping upstairs."

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How to burglar-proof your home:

Here are a few tips to help burglar-proof your home and keep the bad guys away this winter:

  • Don't leave presents under the Christmas tree in plain sight
  • If you buy or receive large valuable items to give as gifts this Christmas, do not leave the boxes unwrapped in your rubbish pile outside - this is giving burglars a list of what you have inside!
  • Always keep your doors and windows locked at night - even if you think you live in a safe neighbourhood
  • Don't leave tools outside your house - burglars could use items like bricks, ladders and garden tools to help them break in
  • Don't leave valuables on show near windows and doors - especially if you have a cat flap or letter box near a table or shelf
  • Keep valuables hidden in a safe or 'safe spot' where criminals can't find them if they do break in
  • Take your back door keys up to bed with you at night, don't leave them in your kitchen drawer or on the side table
  • Deter burglars with a house alarm system

How secure is your home?

No matter how secure you think your house is - there are always measures you can take to further burglar-proof your home.

You never know... you could be next on a burglar's hit list!

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