| 16 MAY 2017
It is spring time, and everyone is excited to open the curtains, windows, and doors to let in as much sunlight as possible. However, thieves and burglars are also up and about, looking for homes that are easy to invade. And when you forget to close all your windows, doors and curtains, you set yourself up as a target for burglary. So, how do you protect yourself, your family and your valuables this spring?
- Secure the Windows
As tempting as it may be to leave your windows open day and night, you should always remember to close them when there’s no one home. Also, cover your windows with curtains and blinds so your valuables are not visible from outside. For safety when open, consider installing a screw or bolt in the window channel, to ensure that intruders cannot get in.
- Secure the Doors
Always remember to lock your doors when going to sleep or leaving your home for any duration of time. Crime reports suggest that about 40 percent of home intrusions are through the doors and windows. So, consider reinforcing your doors with deadbolts, which are much harder to pick compared to regular locks. If you have recently moved into a new house, change the locks and deadbolts for your own peace of mind.
- Lock Tools and Ladders Away
During spring, you will probably spend a lot of time outdoors working on your lawn and garden and your home’s exterior. It is important that you put your tools away at the end of the day in a secured shed. Also, don’t leave ladders in plain sight. Keep in mind that most crimes are opportunistic, and readily available ladders and tools can incentivize burglars to intrude your home.
- Secure Toys, Bicycles, and Other Valuable Equipment
Make sure that anything valuable that can cause an intruder to approach your home is locked away in a safe place. If there is nothing worth stealing at a glance, the burglar is likely to move on, but even cheap children’s toys or gardening equipment can draw their attention.
- Check Your Alarm System
You should consider asking your security alarm company to perform a thorough inspection of your alarm system, including motion detectors, smoke alarms, and any other systems in place if you are planning a holiday. Even better, upgrade your home alarm system to include security alarm monitoring services, so you can have peace of mind as you enjoy yourself miles away.
Another security precaution that is often overlooked is remembering to trim the bushes and hedges around your home. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed low so intruders cannot hide themselves in them or use them to access the upstairs rooms.