a sad state of affairs that burglary still threatens our possessions
and peace of mind. Rural homes should be no more at risk than
other from burglary if certain measures are used to protect
your property. The risk can be increased in the case of second
homes with longer periods of unoccupancy. This can be tackled
through a number of simple but effective ways in which to
give the impression that your home is occupied and more importantly
article is not meant to scare homeowners but to inform them
of the risks and offer a quick guide by which to deter any
uninvited visitors. Remember that not only will increased
security give you peace of mind it will also save you money
on your insurance premium so think of any improvements as
of Protecting Your Home
sense is the first rule to home security. As obvious as it
sounds be sure to lock up before leaving your property, double
check if necessary. One in five of burglaries reported are
through unlocked doors or windows. Take that extra minute
to look around to ensure all accessible routes are locked
before you leave.
Security is equally important if you are leaving your home
for an hour or three months; it only takes a few minutes for
a burglar to get in!
It is common for insurance companies to insist on the use
of five-lever mortise deadlocks on the main external doors.
If a door moves even a fraction when pushed a burglar is more
likely to persist.
A very common deterrent is the use of trespasser lights around
vulnerable areas of a property. These work by surprising the
potential intruder and can be very effective. It is very important
to remember that their use on a thatched property is restricted.
Due to the high temperatures at which these lights can reach
it is necessary to mount units a safe distance from the thatch.
It is possible to mark property as a way of discouraging theft.
Notices that state that property has been marked are used
to act as a further deterrent. Items are typically engraved
or etched with some form of identification such as a postcode.
Although it may not necessarily prevent their possible theft,
marked items are easier to trace and therefore recover in
the event of their loss.
A traditional burglar alarm remains a firm favourite in the
anti-burglary arsenal. In addition the visual presence of
a prominent system can act as prevention rather than cure
in deterring a would-be burglar.
From an insurance point of view it is recommended that valuables
be photographed in their surroundings. For example a necklace
is ideally photographed whilst being worn rather than on a
plain background such as on the carpet or table.
It is important to remember that while burglary is more likely
when the house is unoccupied this is not always the case.
A spy hole allows you to see who is at the door and a chain
is recommended for extra safety.
Ways to Make a House Seem Occupied
sure to cancel any daily deliveries such as the papers that
could otherwise attract the attention of a potential burglar.
It becomes very obvious very quickly about which houses are
occupied or not. Take care not to attract any unwanted attention.
If possible get a neighbour to visit the property to collect
any post and draw the curtains. Other jobs that may need addressing
would be having someone use your bin and carry out maintenance
on the garden. It is small things like these that can trick
even the most observant thief.
It is possible to use timers on lights and electrical systems
to further the impression that your home is occupied, music
systems and televisions are ideal.
Garden security is also important. Lock away any garden furniture
and weigh down pots so as to make their theft less likely.
‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is a good way of looking
at garden security.
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