An intruder alarm system is probably the best way to protect your household from the trauma associated with an attempted or actual burglary, not to mention its role in helping to prevent the loss of any personal treasures and your family’s privacy.
That said, it’s also important that you take every precaution possible to reduce risks and avoid becoming the victim of an opportunist incident, which is the way most thefts are carried out. In fact, for two in every 10 burglaries no force is used – instead, entry is gained through an open door or window.
Make life difficult for burglars
It’s time for burglars to beware. By taking some simple and often inexpensive steps to you can make entering your home as difficult as possible.
So fit strong, British Standard, door and window locks and make sure you use them properly:
- PAS 24-1 for doors
- BS7950 for windows
It also makes sense to look at your home through the eyes of a potential intruder, so consider:
- How you’d get in without your keys: if you can get in, so can anyone else
- If there are any places a break-in could take place without being seen
- If there would be a lot of noise, for example, caused by breaking glass.
The crime prevention officer at your local police station can provide plenty of good advice.
Don’t get distracted by burglars
Similarly, you and your family need to beware of burglars: they’ll try any way to trick their way into your home. For instance, they could say they:
- Have broken down and need to wash their hands or use your phone
- Are from the council or an electricity, gas or water company
- Feel faint and need a glass of water
- Have lost a pet.
This type of criminal often targets the elderly and may be male or female, of any age – including children – and working alone or as part of a team.
Make sure you check their identity carefully:
- Ask for an ID card
- Close the door and check using a phone number from the phone book or a relevant bill, not the one on the card.
If in doubt, keep them out, particularly if you’re on your own. In which case, ask them to make an appointment or come back later when someone else is with you. A genuine caller won’t mind.
If you have any suspicions, report the incident to the police: you may help prevent someone else becoming a victim of crime.