The doors of our houses are always open for the people we love, especially on holidays. However, only our loved ones are welcome – not thieves. For this reason, and because we know how important it is to keep our home protected, we have decided to bring these tips together to help you protect your house from burglars.
Improve your security system
Always start by remembering your front door has to have secure locks, grilled windows and doors reinforced. Ensure you check these elements from time to time to make sure they are in good condition.
- Install a security alarm system. Cameras are recommended, especially for big properties. In this way, you can have remote access to your house at anytime and wherever you are so you can check everything is okay when you’re not at home.
- Download a home security app on your smartphone. Some of them are free so you have no excuses to add a little extra protection to your house without any extra costs. Take a look at our top 10 apps for smartphones here and choose the one that fits best your needs. We especially recommend the Yale Crime Watcher app.
- It’s highly recommended for property owners who keep valuable goods in their properties to install security doors. They not only increase security but also add value to your property.
- A plate warning potential burglars that you have a security alarm system installed is also a good idea. Make sure it is visible from the street.
- Don’t leave valuables in places of easy access or hidden in places where they can easily be found.
- Don’t leave your key under your doormat either because it is the first place where thieves look for it.
- If you have an automatic door or automatic timer for your garage, wait until it is completely closed before leaving. Make sure that your security alarm system’s code isn’t obvious (don’t choose your post code, the number of your car plate or even your date of birth, etc.)
When you are on holidays
- If you are planning to go on holidays, leave a spare key with some neighbour or a member of your family to clean up your mailbox. Install some digital controls to remotely turn your lights on and off at home or ask somebody to do it so burglars think you are at home.
- Don’t publish where you are on social media. It’s safer not to inform about it because people that you barely know could have access to this information.
- Close your windows when you are not at home. If thieves see that there’s no one at home, they are more likely to enter the house. Don’t switch the electricity off: if somebody rings the bell and no sound is heard, it means nobody is at home.
- The phone ringing can also be your enemy. If the sounds never stops, burglars can guess nobody’s at home. We recommend to reduce the ringing volume to avoid this.
- When somebody rings the bell, first check who’s on the other side of the door trough the peephole.
- Make an descriptive and photographic inventory of your valuables. Also record your household appliances and cameras series number, types and brands, etc. If possible, take pictures of your jewellery.
- If you spot someone suspicious around your house, don’t hesitate to contact the police and report the facts.
- If burglars managed to enter your house, try to make a lot of noise to scare them and call the police (999). Never confront them: it’s dangerous and someone might get physically hurt.
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