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How to Make Your Home Safe from Burglary: The Best Tips for Protection

How to Make Your Home Safe from Burglary: The Best Tips for Protection

Burglary is a major problem in the UK. There were an estimated 2 million incidents of burglary last year, with many more unreported. In comparison to other nations, the UK is a relatively safe place to live. However, there are, of course, some destinations across the country that are more susceptible to crimes and break ins than others. Typically, cities will have a high crime rate; however, this is not always the case. Small villages can also be vulnerable to burglary.

 Areas of high crime should not necessarily be avoided, as by implementing a few simple safety measures you can help set up your home to protect you and your loved ones from burglary and break in.

 This article will provide you with the best tips and advice to make your home as safe as possible from crime. You can also read about how burglars may target certain types of homes to increase their chances of breaking in successfully.

 Neighbourhood Watch schemes are a great way to improve safety for those who live within the community, as well as provide great support to victims of crime. If there isn't currently a scheme in your area, ensure that you encourage neighbours and friends to take part in their local initiatives.

 If at all possible, avoid installing anti-social behaviour (ASB) equipment. These are paint, alarms or other devices that may be installed on walls or gates at the front of your house. If installed, these devices will make it easier for burglars to know that nobody is home and can also encourage them to vandalise or damage property near by.

 According to the Home Office, security lighting around your home is one of the most effective deterrents against crime. Burglars don't want to be seen committing a crime, therefore proper lighting will make them feel exposed and quickly look for another target. You can also purchase security lights that come with infra-red detectors to detect the presence of any person, even if they're wearing dark clothing.

 Your front door is often a potential entry point for burglars. A thief may simply knock on the door, only to find that nobody answers. Then they can use a tool to break in, or simply climb over your fence and open the back door. Ensure you have deadlocks across all entry points for security.

 If you are going away during winter months, consider leaving your heating on at a low level throughout the day when nobody is at home. This will ensure that when you return, your heating has been on and can make burglars believe somebody is in the house.

 You should also ensure you have quality locks on each window of your property; these provide better protection than simple levers or handles. Thieves often use crow bars to break into cars through open windows and they can be just as effective on windows with poor locks.

 Finally, make sure you keep all of your valuables out of sight and stored in a secure location such as a safe or strongbox. Avoid storing money under your bed or in open draws; burglars love these locations due to the ease of access. Keep expensive items in a locked room that cannot be accessed by a window.

 Burglars typically target homes that are vulnerable to crime and easy for them to access. If you keep the above safety measures in place, your home will certainly not be an easy target!

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