Despite the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has largely kept people at home, house break-ins are still happening; when you step out to buy groceries, at night when you’re asleep. Burglars are opportunistic criminals, and usually hit on easy targets. Here are our useful tips to inconvenience and deter burglary:
- Light ‘em up!
Ensure that your compound and backyard have sufficient lighting around the perimeter at night. Adding motion-activated spotlights is a great idea too. A well-lit house deters criminals and also clearly lights up any suspicious activities.
- Raise the alarm!
Noise attracts attention and is one of the most traditional and affordable solutions to help deter break-ins is the trusty alarm system. Not only will it alert you and your neighbours of a potential crime but it also acts to scare the robber as well.
- Keep your eyes on.
Well-placed CCTVs will make the robber think twice about breaking in. There are many CCTV solutions in the market now and most, if not all are wi-fi enabled to allow you to monitor your house at any time and wherever you are.
Expensive items which can be easily carried away should not be exposed out in the open or left near windows and doors. Things like luxury watches, jewellery, smartphones, cameras, laptops etc should be kept securely after use. Additionally, use curtains to obstruct the view into the house and its contents.
- Love your neighbour.
Get to know your neighbours and have a good relationship with them. They are invaluable as they can help keep an eye out for your house. You should also leave a set of keys with them so that they can help to check on anything suspicious when no one is home or when the alarm is triggered.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts criminals will still find a way to break into our homes. What we can do is to ensure that we are covered financially from the loss and damages with home insurance for that peace of mind. Get a FREE quote and let us help you protect your home with a guaranteed lower premium of up to 30% today.
You can’t predict, but you can prepare.Howard Marks