Is your home really secure?
We’ve all heard the horror stories: a perfectly safe modern house in an average middle-class cul-de-sac gets burgled in broad daylight and nobody noticed a thing…and sadly this is true. It happens every single day. How can this be so? Well, in a world where workmen often take the keys off the owners in order to work while they are away, it surely shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise.
So how do you really secure your house? What can really be done to make sure that nobody enters it without your permission? Good questions. Follow these tips and you should at least limit the risk you are at.
1) You’re upstairs in your bedroom online, filling in a road traffic accident claim when you realise that you left the back-door unlocked. You don’t move, and this is a mistake! Yes, the chances are that nobody will come into your home, but the statistics also show that a large percentage of robberies happen when the owner is at home. Bear in mind that professional criminals have done this a hundred times before. They are experts at moving around a home when someone is in it, and they’ll have that stuff of yours away before you ever hear a creak…
2) Do you ever leave the downstairs windows open in the summer? If you do then obviously you are at risk. The warm summer air and bright sky means there’s plenty of visibility for criminals to see what they’re doing. Be careful about leaving large windows open and also about leaving windows open upstairs that are accessible by roof.
3) Ever leave the key under the front door mat? It’s INCREDIBLE just how many people do this and expect their house to be perfectly secure. If you’re a criminal, all you need do is feel about for one, get a key cut and then you are on for a job whenever is convenient for you! Be careful out there people…
And don’t think that this ONLY applies to homes. Businesses are just as much at risk and vulnerable, so think with an open-mind and be sure not to end up a victim.
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