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How To Protect Your Home From Burglars

Your home is one of the most valuable assets you have. It is even more valuable when you consider how many other valuable assets your home houses. That is why you must do all you can to secure it from burglars. You do not have to wait until you move to a new home in a neighbourhood or when your summer vacation approaches to beef up your home’s security. Every home deserves to be well-guarded against burglars at all times. 

Why should you protect your home?

Perhaps you see no reason to protect your new home? Then your home will be at the risk of every burglary that happens in the UK every 108 seconds. Whether you are home or not, leaving your home unsecured is a huge risk. The Telegraph reports that over 50% of burglaries take place even when residents are inside. 

Prevention is the best solution to home burglary. According to the Office for National Statistics, a domestic burglary sets homeowners back by up to £3,030, with £1,400 of this being the cost of damaged or stolen properties and the remaining the cost of the adverse effects of the theft on the quality of life of the victims. 

We could go on and on about why you need to protect your home from burglars. But that would not be productive enough. So instead, this blog will focus on what you can do to secure your home from these intruders and save yourself from the mental and financial costs of burglaries. 

What can you do to secure your home from burglars?

The first step in protecting your property from thieves and intruders is to put some simple security tips in place. You must do all you can to ensure your home is not an easy target from would-be burglars. We have put together a simple security checklist to help you achieve that;

  1. Assess the surroundings. 

You are wrong if you think burglars spend a lot of time researching your home or property. Forget what you see on the TV; the real-life thieves burgling homes are not as sophisticated as the movies portray them. To put this in the right perspective, these thieves hardly carry any tools to break into your home. Instead, they work with what they see outside the homes they want to break into. 

So, start by checking your surroundings for things that can be easily used to pry, smash, or break into your home. The usual culprits include ladders, lumber, garden tools, rocks, and bricks. 

TIP – Gather all of these items and keep them in your garage or an outdoor tool shed. 

  1. Fix your lighting. 

You will agree that it is easier to do bad things when nobody is watching or when the chances of being seen are very slim. Burglars understand this too, and that is why they operate best when they are not seen. If your yard looks as dark as a graveyard at night, you should do something about it. 

TIP – We recommend installing motion detector lighting to deter potential thieves. 

  1. Get rid of all hiding places. 

We often fail to pay attention to shrubs growing under or close to our windows or large tree branches that are close to our roofs. But the truth is these are the places burglars are most likely to hide in and work their way into entering your home. That is why you must regularly check around to identify and get rid of such potential hiding places. 

TIP – Trim shrubs in your yard and cut down large tree branches. 

  1. Block all entry points. 

Do you even know all the entry points in your home? Most homeowners do not know these points, and that can put their homes at the risk of intrusion. Check around your house and identify all the entry points. For clarity, an entry point is anywhere in your home big enough to allow a human (including small children) to pass through. 

Common entry points include the front door, the front and master bedrooms windows, the living room slider, and kitchen and bathroom windows. 

TIP – Install burglary-proof doors and windows at all of these entry points. Alternatively, you can install an efficient security system that prevents unauthorized access. 

  1. Lock up your doors, windows, and valuables.  

As simple as this sounds, most people often forget to lock their doors and windows, whether they are at home or not. Leaving your doors and windows unlocked is the greatest help you can do for an intruder – they simply walk in and rob you. 

Besides locking up and keeping the keys securely, you should keep your valuables locked away from easy access. Burglars lookout for quick and easy scores. They do not have the luxury of time to turn your home upside down looking for goodies. Instead, they pick the things that are easily accessible and leave hurriedly. 

TIP – Keep your valuables in not-so-obvious places. Avoid places like freezer or dresser drawer – they are the common places. Instead, lock them up in wall safes or regular safes with effective locks and encryptions. 

Additional Help To Secure Your Home

We have discussed the simple DIY security tips you can apply to secure your home. However, you cannot always rely on yourself to keep your home safe. You may need to seek additional help to keep your home safe, especially if you live in an area with frequent burglaries or you have more valuables and assets in your home. 

External help may come in different forms;

  • Joining neighbourhood watch schemes can be a major deterrent to burglars because they know other people are watching over your property even in your absence. 
  • Hire homesitters to watch your home when you are not around. There are house sitting services that provide trained employees to look over your home in your absence. 

Professional Home Security Services

You can make your home even more secure by consulting expert security outfits. These companies often combine technology and human resources to keep your home safe. Some of these tech-backed security systems include;

  • Burglar alarms, which go off whenever there is an intruder in your space. 
  • CCTV and wireless home security cameras, which provide real-time footage of all the entry points of your homes. 
  • Double locks to make your windows and doors more difficult to break down or bypass. 
  • Self-locking windows that only open partway. 
  • Light timers sensors that ensure the light comes on at the appropriate times of the day. 
  • Smoke alarms and carbon dioxide monitors that protect your family from other hazards. 

A combination of all these measures, alongside the physical presence of security personnel, will make your home a no-go area for intruders and thieves. 

Get Your Home Insured 

There is always a chance – no matter how slim – that your house will be burgled, no matter how effective or advanced your home security measures are. It is even more disturbing that only 14 arrests are made for every 100 burglaries in the United Kingdom. This highlights the fact that catching and convicting intruders is more difficult than you can imagine. If anything, there are higher chances that burglars will escape unnoticed. 

That is why we recommend that you insure your home. Home insurance can offer a helping hand in the event of a burglary, especially with the financial impacts of having your property burgled and your valuables carted away. Depending on the type of insurance you go for, your home contents policy can cover replacement costs of the stolen properties, including high-value possessions like laptops, TV, mobile phone, and electronics to a certain amount. 

You can rely on your building’s insurance policy to cover damages caused to your windows and doors from the break-in. This also includes any damages to the fencing, outer gates, and outbuildings. 

Feel free to reach out to your insurance agent if you have questions about coverage for theft on your homeowner’s insurance policy. 

More Safety Tips

Considering the peculiarity of each neighbourhood, we recommend that you contact the police unit in your area for specific instructions on how to secure your homes. You can check out the website of your neighbourhood’s police unit for this information or arrange a physical meeting to discuss your concerns. 

If you ever have reasons to believe an intruder is about to access your private space, or you are at the risk of being burgled, swiftly put a call through to the emergency line to alert the security outfits covering your location. 

Finally…

The importance of a secure home cannot be overemphasized. If your current home or neighbourhood is not safe enough, it might be the right time to move on. In such cases, you will need the services of expert real estate agents and solicitors to get you a secure property in a safe environment. This saves you the stress and time that goes into looking out for properties on your own, as well as the risk of ending up with one in an unsafe area.  

At (insert company name), we will be delighted to help you with that and other real estate needs. Reach out today, and let’s discuss your requirements. 

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How To Protect Your Home From Burglars

Your home is one of the most valuable assets you have. It is even more valuable when you consider how many other valuable assets your home houses. That is why you must do all you can to secure it from burglars. You do not have to wait until you move to a new home in a neighbourhood or when your summer vacation approaches to beef up your home’s security. Every home deserves to be well-guarded against burglars at all times. 

Why should you protect your home?

Perhaps you see no reason to protect your new home? Then your home will be at the risk of every burglary that happens in the UK every 108 seconds. Whether you are home or not, leaving your home unsecured is a huge risk. The Telegraph reports that over 50% of burglaries take place even when residents are inside. 

Prevention is the best solution to home burglary. According to the Office for National Statistics, a domestic burglary sets homeowners back by up to £3,030, with £1,400 of this being the cost of damaged or stolen properties and the remaining the cost of the adverse effects of the theft on the quality of life of the victims. 

We could go on and on about why you need to protect your home from burglars. But that would not be productive enough. So instead, this blog will focus on what you can do to secure your home from these intruders and save yourself from the mental and financial costs of burglaries. 

What can you do to secure your home from burglars?

The first step in protecting your property from thieves and intruders is to put some simple security tips in place. You must do all you can to ensure your home is not an easy target from would-be burglars. We have put together a simple security checklist to help you achieve that;

  1. Assess the surroundings. 

You are wrong if you think burglars spend a lot of time researching your home or property. Forget what you see on the TV; the real-life thieves burgling homes are not as sophisticated as the movies portray them. To put this in the right perspective, these thieves hardly carry any tools to break into your home. Instead, they work with what they see outside the homes they want to break into. 

So, start by checking your surroundings for things that can be easily used to pry, smash, or break into your home. The usual culprits include ladders, lumber, garden tools, rocks, and bricks. 

TIP – Gather all of these items and keep them in your garage or an outdoor tool shed. 

  1. Fix your lighting. 

You will agree that it is easier to do bad things when nobody is watching or when the chances of being seen are very slim. Burglars understand this too, and that is why they operate best when they are not seen. If your yard looks as dark as a graveyard at night, you should do something about it. 

TIP – We recommend installing motion detector lighting to deter potential thieves. 

  1. Get rid of all hiding places. 

We often fail to pay attention to shrubs growing under or close to our windows or large tree branches that are close to our roofs. But the truth is these are the places burglars are most likely to hide in and work their way into entering your home. That is why you must regularly check around to identify and get rid of such potential hiding places. 

TIP – Trim shrubs in your yard and cut down large tree branches. 

  1. Block all entry points. 

Do you even know all the entry points in your home? Most homeowners do not know these points, and that can put their homes at the risk of intrusion. Check around your house and identify all the entry points. For clarity, an entry point is anywhere in your home big enough to allow a human (including small children) to pass through. 

Common entry points include the front door, the front and master bedrooms windows, the living room slider, and kitchen and bathroom windows. 

TIP – Install burglary-proof doors and windows at all of these entry points. Alternatively, you can install an efficient security system that prevents unauthorized access. 

  1. Lock up your doors, windows, and valuables.  

As simple as this sounds, most people often forget to lock their doors and windows, whether they are at home or not. Leaving your doors and windows unlocked is the greatest help you can do for an intruder – they simply walk in and rob you. 

Besides locking up and keeping the keys securely, you should keep your valuables locked away from easy access. Burglars lookout for quick and easy scores. They do not have the luxury of time to turn your home upside down looking for goodies. Instead, they pick the things that are easily accessible and leave hurriedly. 

TIP – Keep your valuables in not-so-obvious places. Avoid places like freezer or dresser drawer – they are the common places. Instead, lock them up in wall safes or regular safes with effective locks and encryptions. 

Additional Help To Secure Your Home

We have discussed the simple DIY security tips you can apply to secure your home. However, you cannot always rely on yourself to keep your home safe. You may need to seek additional help to keep your home safe, especially if you live in an area with frequent burglaries or you have more valuables and assets in your home. 

External help may come in different forms;

  • Joining neighbourhood watch schemes can be a major deterrent to burglars because they know other people are watching over your property even in your absence. 
  • Hire homesitters to watch your home when you are not around. There are house sitting services that provide trained employees to look over your home in your absence. 

Professional Home Security Services

You can make your home even more secure by consulting expert security outfits. These companies often combine technology and human resources to keep your home safe. Some of these tech-backed security systems include;

  • Burglar alarms, which go off whenever there is an intruder in your space. 
  • CCTV and wireless home security cameras, which provide real-time footage of all the entry points of your homes. 
  • Double locks to make your windows and doors more difficult to break down or bypass. 
  • Self-locking windows that only open partway. 
  • Light timers sensors that ensure the light comes on at the appropriate times of the day. 
  • Smoke alarms and carbon dioxide monitors that protect your family from other hazards. 

A combination of all these measures, alongside the physical presence of security personnel, will make your home a no-go area for intruders and thieves. 

Get Your Home Insured 

There is always a chance – no matter how slim – that your house will be burgled, no matter how effective or advanced your home security measures are. It is even more disturbing that only 14 arrests are made for every 100 burglaries in the United Kingdom. This highlights the fact that catching and convicting intruders is more difficult than you can imagine. If anything, there are higher chances that burglars will escape unnoticed. 

That is why we recommend that you insure your home. Home insurance can offer a helping hand in the event of a burglary, especially with the financial impacts of having your property burgled and your valuables carted away. Depending on the type of insurance you go for, your home contents policy can cover replacement costs of the stolen properties, including high-value possessions like laptops, TV, mobile phone, and electronics to a certain amount. 

You can rely on your building’s insurance policy to cover damages caused to your windows and doors from the break-in. This also includes any damages to the fencing, outer gates, and outbuildings. 

Feel free to reach out to your insurance agent if you have questions about coverage for theft on your homeowner’s insurance policy. 

More Safety Tips

Considering the peculiarity of each neighbourhood, we recommend that you contact the police unit in your area for specific instructions on how to secure your homes. You can check out the website of your neighbourhood’s police unit for this information or arrange a physical meeting to discuss your concerns. 

If you ever have reasons to believe an intruder is about to access your private space, or you are at the risk of being burgled, swiftly put a call through to the emergency line to alert the security outfits covering your location. 

Finally…

The importance of a secure home cannot be overemphasized. If your current home or neighbourhood is not safe enough, it might be the right time to move on. In such cases, you will need the services of expert real estate agents and solicitors to get you a secure property in a safe environment. This saves you the stress and time that goes into looking out for properties on your own, as well as the risk of ending up with one in an unsafe area.  

At (insert company name), we will be delighted to help you with that and other real estate needs. Reach out today, and let’s discuss your requirements. 

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