7 Simple Tips To Keep Burglars At Bay

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Keep your property safe and secure with these helpful hacks for deterring intruders.

1. Make Entry Harder



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Don’t make a burglar’s job easier by leaving bins, ladders or garden furniture in front of your home. Intruders can climb on them to reach higher windows or balconies, which are often easier to break open.

Lock large objects away in a garage or shed where possible, or use a bicycle chain to secure them away from entry points. Burglars are less likely to waste time building a route to a higher access point and will continue their search for a weaker target.

2. Pretend To Be Home



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Remember Home Alone? While we’re not suggesting you leave a violent film on full blast to scare away potential thieves, there is a lesson to be learned – don’t let your house appear unoccupied while you’re away as burglars target homes during the holiday season.

Put your paper delivery on hold, ask your neighbour to collect your post or even redirect it if you’ll be away for a while. If a friend is coming over to feed a pet or water your plants, get them to close the curtains at night. You can even set your lamp to switch on at nighttime with  smart light bulbs, and keep all social media holiday snaps offline until you’re back.

3. Close ALL of Your Windows

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A tilted window is an open window. Most burglars break in during the day, so make sure all your windows and doors are completely closed and secure, even if you’re just popping to the corner shop.

Double lock your front door when you leave – don’t just pull it closed behind you as burglars can easily get in using a variety of tools. Also remember to leave your blinds and curtains open during the day so you don’t give the impression you’re away.

4. Hide Your Valuables



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Burglars weigh up whether a home is worth the risk of breaking into by spying through the window, so make sure any valuables and jewellery boxes are hidden outside that line of vision. Also avoid obvious hiding places like under the mattress or in a biscuit tin. Keep your valuables safe in a bank.

5. Watch Out for Suspicious Markings



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Thieves often send out a scout to find places of interest or vulnerable targets to break into. If you spot an odd symbol or marking on or around your property, ensure you and your neighbours are on high alert. Install extra security measures, such as CCTV cameras or a burglar alarm.

6. Hire a Free House-Sitter

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During the holiday season, homes in cities are in high demand from visitors – but also for burglars. Kill two birds with one stone by renting your place out to a grateful occupant. They'll keep it tidy, collect your post, water your plants and fend off inquisitive thieves with their mere presence.

Sites such as  mindmyhouse.com let you match with interested parties and often work on a review/background check system. Ask for a returnable deposit to give the temporary tenant an incentive to keep your place spick and span.

7. Get Your Landlord To Pay



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If you don’t ask, you don’t get! Often landlords are willing to shell out for extra security measures as it’s in their own interest, too. Top investments include motion sensor security lighting – available from as little as £20 – and a bolt for your front door.

Ensure any outside electric sockets can be locked so burglars don’t have a source to connect any electric tools like drills to. You can even get the police to come around and advise on any weak points or give extra security tips too. 

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