Safe as houses – beat the burglar and protect your dream home. Fear of crime is soaring so how do you protect yourself and your property? And what are the telltale signs of an easy-to-burgle house? Inside Out offers out our top tips.
An Englishman’s home is his castle but what do you do when crime levels are soaring and you want to protect yourself from the burglars? And how safe is your house?
Current crime levels mean that it’s hard to feel safe in our own houses. But look at the statistics and you’ll see a big difference between reality and perception of crime. So what can be done to make them feel more secure and to prevent any escalation of the burglary statistics?
First of all, there’s some basic precautions that house owners can take to discourage burglars. Burglary is often an opportunist crime. A burglar will select a target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest obstacles in his way. A building that looks unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than a properly which is secured.
Kent Police offer the following advice:
- Make it as hard as possible for the burglar to get into your property;
- if you’re away or on holiday, make the house look like you’re still living in it;
- Mark valuable possessions with an ultra-violet pen so they can be traced back to you if police recover them.
- You can also take other precautions.
- A third of burglars get in through a back window.
- Fit window locks to all downstairs windows, and to easily accessible upstairs windows.
- Louvre windows are particularly vulnerable because the slats can be removed easily from he frame.
- Remove ladders that can be used to break into upstairs rooms.
Get a Gadget
After addressing the basics, you could go one step further and buy a crime-busting hi-tech gadget. These days the security marketplace is awash with everything from electronic gates to surveillance cameras and infra-red detector systems. But if you don’t want to build a moat or six foot thick walls with large beams around your house, what are the other options?
A new fangled smoke machine called a Smokecloak could be the answer to your prayers. The idea is to scare the burglar away or make his job very difficult by belching out thick, black smoke. There’s only one drawback – Smokecloak alarms cost upwards of £1,200.
For traditionalists who don’t fancy the Smokecloak, there’s also the bog-standard home alarm ranging from small door devices to the full British Standard approved alarm system. But the more sophisticated security devices don’t come cheap. The cost of installing CCTV is between £500 and £10,000 whilst steel doors will set you back at least £2,000.
A Safe Bet
At the end of the day the best chance of cracking down on burglary is to take preventative action. Anything that forces the burglar to take more time to commit the crime, make more noise or make him look more conspicuous while committing the crime is a good starting point. In today’s world everyone needs a security system, and then we can rest easy that we have less chance of being a victim of crime