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How secure is your home?

How secure is your home?

 

As well as opportunistic burglaries, some burglars scope out a property beforehand, sometimes working with others. It’s therefore important to think about what will ensure your home looks secure and occupied at all times, that there aren’t obvious places where a burglar can hide to asses the house, and that their entrance to the house is visible and difficult.

Ask yourself:

  • Is it obvious when you’re on holiday or away from the home? For example, are your curtains always shut or is there lots of unopened post?
  • Are windows and doors left open, even if they’re not easily accessible?
  • Do your windows and doors have visible locks?
  • How well lit is the outside of your home?
  • Is there a spare key that’s easily visible, or easy to find, such as underneath the plant pot or above the ledge on the door?
  • Are the lights on or off all the time, making it look like you’re away?
  • Do you have high walls and hedges, which could give burglars protection from being seen?
  • Is accessing your house noisy for a burglar? For example, is there gravel?
  • Are there any ladders lying around that a burglar could use?
  • What equipment do you keep in your shed and garage? What is its value and can it be used to help someone break in?
  • How secure is the shed or garage? Is it always kept locked with high-quality padlocks and security locks?

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