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Home Security

Written by ray Wednesday, 27 July 2011 15:12
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HOME SECURITY Most burglars are opportunistic thieves; they do not leave home planning to raid a certain house, but are on the lookout for any easy target. By taking note of the following common sense advice you can make it more difficult for the burglar and so reduce the chance of your home being selected. ALARMS If five out of six houses have an alarm fitted then the one without is most likely to be targeted. An external siren is an obvious deterrent but make sure it is positioned high enough to prevent it being smashed with, say, a baseball bat. Always remember to set the alarm whenever you leave the house, even if it is only to visit a neighbour two houses away and if your alarm has zones, set the unused zones when retiring to bed at night. DOORS AND WINDOWS Keep all doors and windows shut and locked at night and when the house is unoccupied, this includes garage doors, pet flaps and windows and doors accessible via an upstairs patio or veranda. Patio doors are an especially weak point, so fit locks of the simple bolt type that go through one door frame and into the next, this prevents them being lifted from their track and opened. Make sure all your locks are strong and sturdy, especially ground floor entrances. If you must leave windows open at night make sure that there are no keys, handbags or other valuables in sight that may be fished out using a rod and hook. Many people have lost their cars this way or had burglars walk in whilst they slept. BLINDS Most blinds are for keeping the house cool in summer and have very little security benefit so always leave some at least partially open with the curtains drawn. This gives the appearance that the house is occupied. GARDENS We all like our privacy but remember if you cannot see out of your garden no-one can see in and a thief could break into your home without the danger of being seen by a neighbour. On long absences from your home make sure your neighbours know and arrange for someone to keep the garden tidy – again giving the appearance that the property is occupied. LIGHTING Indoor. Use timers on table lamps so that they switch on at dusk and off late at night. When away leave a hall or passage lamp on so that it can be see through a window. Outdoors. Lamps by your entrance gate and on the wall of your house can be replaced with low wattage bulbs with a daylight sensor so that they come on at dusk and go off at dawn. Apart from giving the impression the house is occupied it helps getting the key into the lock when returning home in darkness. HOUSEKEYS Never, ever hide spare keys under a mat or in a flowerpot, thieves know all the hiding places. Instead give a spare set of keys to a neighbour who can periodically check your house when you are away. MAILBOXES AND FLYERS If you are one of the lucky ones with a mail delivery to your house ask a neighbour to ensure the mailbox does not become overfull. An overfull mailbox indicates that the house is unoccupied and makes it easier for anyone to steal mail. At the same time ask your neighbours to remove the many flyers that are constantly being wedged into gates. TELEPHONE If you use a personal message on an answer phone do not indicate that you are away in the UK or on holiday. Use words to give the impression that you are currently unable to take the call will get back to the caller as soon as possible. AT HOME There have been instances where opportunistic thieves walking past a house with its gates unlocked, front door open and the householders occupied elsewhere have, in broad daylight, walked in, picked up a handbag, lap top or wallet and walked out without anyone seeing or hearing a thing. When in the garden, sitting on the patio and especially when using the pool, keep all your windows and doors locked unless they are in full view ALL the time. Lastly do not get paranoid over burglary – the incidence of this crime in Spain is still much less then it is in the UK.
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