Tips to Prevent Burglaries

Based on recorded instances reported to police across a selection of 94 countries there were over 5,250,000 burglaries globally in 2014. Add into that any number of unreported crimes and clear under-reporting from some countries (Sierra Leone 625, Jordan 3, for example) and you get a very large figure indeed.

 

Now this may seem like a depressing statistic, but the good news is that a good deal of them could be prevented by following some simple steps. A combination of awareness, common sense and a little self-education can help you protect your home or business.

 

  1. Be overt with your solutions.

Burglars don’t like security systems and unless they’ve deliberately selected you they will move on to an easier target. Signs work as a deterrent, whether it be ‘alarm system installed’, ‘Warning: Smoke Screen’, ‘Beware of Dog’, ‘SmartWater in use’ etc. Advertising the risks will make a burglar take the path of least resistance.

 

  1. Be aware of your surroundings.

By this we mean make sure windows and doors are closed and locked when you’re not in (on all floors). Leave lights on, or have them on timers. Devices that mimic the flickering of TV screen are now readily available as well. Reduce the efficiency of their hiding places, like cropping back bushes and hedges.

 

Be aware of daytime scams as well, if someone suspicious knocks on your door, always use your door viewer and chain, ask for ID. Be polite, tell them you’re not interested and ask that they leave. If they are particularly convincing then ask them to call back later while you call the company they are representing. Be mindful of distraction techniques as well. Someone could be trying to sneak in round the back while you are busy at the front door. Feign needing your glasses or fetching a letter or the like and quickly check (and lock) the other entrances.

 

  1. Actually have a working security system.

Fake cameras and boxes with flashing LEDs are all well and good, but you run a bit of a risk that experienced criminals might be able to discern them. A loud alarm, the prospect of being on CCTV footage or getting DNA-marked is enough to stop some burglars, the opportunistic ones in particular – though you might need something a bit more hardcore to stop a really determined one. For businesses a remote monitoring system works wonders.

 

For domestic, you could install motion-activated home security cameras so you can check on your home throughout the day using your phone. Plus, you’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion, so you can evaluate the situation immediately. Or you could just scare them witless with a security fog/strobe combo and be done with it (but we are going to say that aren’t we!) Remember to arm your system each time. And test it regularly.

 

  1. Have bright lights.

Burglars hate bright lights. The brighter the better. And noise. They don’t like loud noises either.

 

  1. Try and mix up your routine.

Be a bit unpredictable. This will totally unsettle anyone watching you or your business waiting for the opportune moment to strike. A recent study carried out in the United States suggests that most domestic robberies occur during daytime hours – between 10am and 3pm. Makes sense, most people will be at work or school reducing the chances of being seen / caught. Consider popping home for lunch some days.

 

Businesses should vary the times they make trips to the bank as well.

 

When you go on holiday make sure you ask a friend or neighbour to pop round now and again for a check, take out your rubbish etc.

 

  1. Get a dog.

Going back to point 1 for a moment, if you’ve got a ‘Beware of the Dog’ sign then why not get a dog as well. Your best friend, your security guard, your new fitness partner!

 

  1. Never hide a spare key outside.

It won’t matter if it’s under the mat, or cunningly concealed in that realistic rock. Leave one with a friend/neighbour instead.

 

  1. Use other hiding places.

Speaking of hiding, there are a whole host of affordable and effective concealment devices out there. The old faithful tin of beans, the fake plug socket. It’s worth looking into these. Burglars want to be quick, in and out in minutes, they will go for the obvious first like jewellery and cash in the master bedroom. They certainly won’t be in your food cupboard.

 

  1. Go for quality.

It may be tempting to get a security system installed on the cheap, but you’ll regret scrimping on costs. Ideally you want good quality gear that conforms to Standards, installed by accredited engineers. Then you can guarantee it will at least work when needed. Rather than niggling over price, just consider how much value you put on the following: peace of mind, protecting your family, protecting your business / staff, protecting your stock, downtime with no stock, increased insurance fees. It’s so important to get it right. Most companies offer a monthly fee so you don’t always have to worry about finding a lump sum all at once.

 

The FBI conducted some research in 2014 that concluded the average amount (dollar value) stolen in each domestic burglary (US) was $2,251 – and that doesn’t include repairs or emotional/psychological damage. Food for thought.

 

They also calculated that less than 14% of all burglaries (again US) resulted in an arrest, citing the extreme difficulty in solving this type of crime. And even if the criminal is caught, you may not get your property back.

 

The moral of this tale is that prevention is key. Stop them before they start.

 

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Burglary Prevention Tips

Whilst your home insurance covers the financial loss you suffer as a result of a break-in, nothing can protect you from the emotional trauma and shock suffered when a stranger ransacks your home and rummages through your belongings. However, there is a lot you can do to help prevent it from happening in the first place.

All External Doors

Fit five-lever mortice deadlocks (or their equivalent) to all external doors and you should lock these doors even if you are out for just a short time.

All Accessible Windows

A large number of break-ins occur through windows. Fit security locks to all accessible windows, i.e. those on the ground floor or near any drainpipes of flat roofs.

Going Out at Night

When you go out for the evening, it’s a good idea to draw the curtains and leave a light on in the living room or bedroom. Leaving the hall light on is not a good deterrent. Keep your garage/garden shed locked. Do not leave garden implements, especially ladders, lying around. They could help a thief gain access to your home.

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Locksmith Tips To Safeguard Your Home During Holiday Season

Holidays are a time to relax and rejuvenate. It’s the time to travel, party and enjoy. With friends and family getting together to enjoy some cherished moments, you’ll certainly not want to come back to a ransacked home. As a lion’s share of burglaries is carried out by opportunistic thieves, holidays give them the perfect time to be on the lookout.

So if you too are heading off on your much awaited vacation, ensure that your home is safe and well protected from unwanted intruders.

Here are a few tips and techniques to keep your property safe:

Inspect and Assess Your Locking System: Your locking system should be effective and worthy. Before leaving check the status and effectiveness of your locks. If they are flimsy and worn-out, go in for an upgrade and installation of a robust security system.

Install High-Quality Lock Gear: High quality locking system comes across as a comprehensive package. From lock and key devices to technically advanced keyless locks, security camera and alarm systems, ensure everything is in place.

Pack the Duplicate Keys Carefully: If you are planning to hide your duplicate keys in your backyard or front lawn; we strictly recommend against it. Instead you should pack and keep them safely. In case you happen to lose your master key, call in a locksmith expert to help you in.

Don’t Broadcast Your Plans: Your vacation plans, your departure and arrival date, all should be a hush-hush affair. Barring a trusted few, do not discuss your plans with others. Also, if you are too much into social networking, put up pictures and videos only once you are back from the vacation.

Check Doors and Windows Too: On the D-Day, don’t just lock and main door, check windows too. Check all possible entry points to your house and lock them properly.

Install an Alarm System: Installing an alarm system can be a great idea. In an attempt of a breakthrough, the ringing alarms will make the neighbors and passersby cautious, preventing a probable theft.

When it comes to upgrading your security system and keeping your home safe, a proficient and expert locksmith can provide you tips and suggestions to help protect and safeguard your home.

Original Article Here: Locksmith Tips To Safeguard Your Home During Holiday Season

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5 Tips To Prevent A Home Burglary

It’s hard to prevent a burglar from finding their way into your home, but it always helps to be prepared. Before getting into it, please note it is not my intention to instill fear or paranoia, but rather to inform you of what burglars look for when considering which homes they view as a potential payday.

Hopefully, with these tips, you can help prevent your home from making it on that list.

Let’s start with some interesting facts about burglaries:

  • Most burglaries occur between 10AM-3PM.
  • The average amount of money stolen in a single burglary is $2,000.
  • Burglars will usually go for small yet expensive items (ex. Laptops, iPods, phones, jewelry).
  • Only about 13% of burglars get arrested.
  • The typical burglar will spend 8-10 minutes in the home.

Avoid leaving newspaper or mail outside if possible

Burglars look for left-out newspapers and mail in the mailbox. Either of these signs can tip off a burglar that the residents are not home during a specific time or are out on vacation. If you go on vacation, it would be helpful to cancel the newspaper and hold the mail or ask a friend to pick it up for you.

Keep an eye out for flyers and cards placed in the cracks of the front door

Burglars will sometimes place a fake advertisement or service card in the crack of the door. This is a good indicator as to whether or not the resident is home. It’s a good idea to grab these as soon as you see them. If you are going out of town, it is helpful to ask a neighbor or friend to grab these for you (daily) as well.

Don’t leave valuables, garage door openers or spare house keys in your car if parking outside

This one is pretty obvious, but it never hurts to mention again. Car burglaries are likely to occur at night with a car left in the driveway of a home with a garage. Some burglars will break open the window in hopes that they will find one of those 3 items. If they do find the garage door opener, they will proceed to take what they can find in the garage. While it may be a good idea to leave a car outside when leaving for vacation (to give the illusion of being home), keep in mind burglars will have tools to easily break in and search inside.

Keep an eye out for strangers

When a stranger knocks on your door offering a service, product, or asks to use the bathroom, it could be a way to scope out the home to see if it is worth burglarizing. In other words, be mindful of strangers.

Get a dog

Not only are dogs the best animals (just my opinion), but they are a great alarm system. Yes, the barking can sometimes be annoying, but they help add a sense of security and protection. Many burglars will think twice about robbing a home with a barking dog. While this may be the case at night, it is not necessarily true during the day. Most dogs are kind and easily paid off with treats by burglars when the owners aren’t around, so an actual alarm system may be the best option.

Hopefully, with these things in mind, you may prevent a potential burglar from finding a way into your home.

Original Article Here: 5 Tips To Prevent A Home Burglary

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10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know

Successful burglars have lots in common — home owners who unwittingly give invitations to robbery. Here’s how thieves thank you for your generosity.

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You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar know you’d be gone? How did they get in?

In these 10 thank-you notes, your friendly neighborhood burglars share advice on how to stop lending them a helping hand.

  1. Thanks for the Ladder!

Call me a social climber if you will, but I did discover a ladder in your back yard. Thank you for leaving it where I could lean it against your home and easily reach a second-story window. I really love it when upper story openings aren’t wired to a home security system!

So, if you want to keep me out, store your ladder in the basement or a locked garage. And call your security company to wire upper-story windows into your alarm system.

Vertically yours,

A rising star

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  1. Loved Your Trash

Can’t tell you how much fun I have driving around neighborhoods on trash day (especially after big gift holidays) when the empty boxes on the curb reveal what wonderful new toys you have. Your thoughtfulness made it possible for me to land a new laptop and a flat-screen television in one easy trip to your home!

Next time, break down the boxes and conceal them in the recycling or trash bins.

Happy shopping!

Curbside Cruiser

  1. Dear Can’t-Get-Around-to-It

Recently, I noticed you hadn’t trimmed trees and shrubs around your home, so I knew I’d have a wonderful place to hide while I worked to break into your home. I really can’t thank you enough for all the great new things I grabbed.

Next time, trim back bushes and trees near windows and doors. Make sure entry points to your home are easily visible from the street — I much prefer to work in private! While you’re at it, install motion-sensor lighting. I’m scared of bright lights!

Cordially,

The Tree Lover

  1. Su Casa Es Mi Casa!

I was sincerely relieved to find your back door was a plain wood-panel door. I had no trouble kicking it in (my knees appreciate how easy that was!) Imagine how silly I felt when I discovered that your windows weren’t locked anyway.

You may want to take a cue from your neighbor and install steel-wrapped exterior doors with deadbolts on all your entries. And be sure your windows are locked when you’re away.

All the best,

Buster Door

  1. Bad Reflection on You

You’d be surprised how many home owners position a mirror in their entry hall so I can see from a window if the alarm system is armed. (Yours wasn’t, but I’m guessing you know that by now!) Thanks for taking a lot of pressure off of me.

A little free advice: Relocate the mirror so your alarm system isn’t visible if someone else would peer through a window.

Fondly,

Mr. Peeper

  1. The Telltale Grass

Wow, isn’t it amazing how fast the grass grows these days? I swung by now and then and noticed your lawn was uncut, newspapers were piling up on the front steps, and your shades were always closed. To me, that’s an open invitation.

Next time, hire someone you trust to mow regularly, pick up around the doorstep, open and close various window shades, and turn different lights on and off (or put a few on timers). One more thing: Lock any car you leave in the driveway, or I can use your garage door opener to get in quickly.

Best,

Your Trip Advisor

  1. Getting Carried Away

Many thanks for putting your valuables into an easy-to-carry safe that I could carry right out your back door. (Nice jewelry, and thank you for the cash!)

You may want to invest in a wall safe, which I rarely attempt to open. Or, rent a lock box at your bank.

With appreciation,

Mr. Safe and Not-So-Sound

  1. Dear BFF

Thanks for alerting a professional acquaintance of mine via your social network that you were away for the week in Puerto Vallarta, having the time of your life. Me? I enjoyed a very relaxing visit to your home with no pressure of being caught.

If only you had known that posting comments and photos of your trip on social networks is fine — but do that after you return so you won’t broadcast your absence!

Sincerely,

Cyber Savvy

  1. Tag, You’re It!

Where are you? When you use popular geo-tracking apps, such as FourSquare and Glympse, I might know if you’re not home. Web sites such as http://www.pleaserobme.com help me keep track of your whereabouts.

If you prefer that I not visit your home, be careful about geo-tagging. But, otherwise, thank you for the loot!

— Just Tagging Along

  1. Thanks for the Appointment

Thanks for inviting me into your home to view the laptop you wanted to sell. I do apologize for the scare I gave you when I took it (and your purse).

Did you know that some large U.S. cities are averaging one so-called “robbery by appointment” per day? If you want to sell high-ticket items to strangers, I suggest you arrange to meet at the parking lot of your local police station. I definitely won’t show up, and you’ll still have your valuables (and your purse!)

Regards,

A Tough Sell

Original Article here: 10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know.

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