Safety Measures You Can Do to Protect Your Home Against Intruders
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 12 months prior to its Crime Victimisation Survey 2009-2010, about 254,500 households were victims of at least one break-in. If you’re one of those Aussies who are worried by the threat of home burglary, it’s important to take some measures to protect your property and possessions from theft.
Keep Gates Closed
Make sure all your gates are locked at all times. BoardWalk.com.au says locked gates and tall fences make it harder for criminals to enter your property. If entrance is too difficult, the intruders may give up and just move on to an easier target.
Are you familiar with the “Bling Ring” — a group of high school kids who shocked the world by ripping off Hollywood from October 2008 to August 2009? One of their elite victims was hotel heiress Paris Hilton, who, unfortunately, has helped them out by leaving her keys under the mat.
If you seriously want to protect your home, make sure not to leave your keys hidden outside. Just like what happened to Paris, the intruders might easily locate them and unlock an outside door to your house.
Monitor All Targets
Garden sheds and garages are often targets for thieves. They can even use your own tools and ladders to get access to the main door. For this reason, make sure to have an automatic light fitted to the garage or shed along with keyed locks. These can be a useful deterrent.
Store Valuables in a Safe
Money and jewellery items are often the target in break-ins. So, it’s necessary to install a small safe in your house. It’s a relatively low cost way to protect those valuable items against theft.
Install an Alarm or Have a Dog
Having an alarm system in your home is a good layer of defence. Even installing a “Beware of the Dog” sign even if you don’t really own one can make intruders pause for a while before targeting your property.
Replacing the items that have been stolen can cost you a lot more than making your home more secure. Make sure to keep the above tips in mind to protect your home against intruders.