With a burglary reported every seven minutes, it’s never been more vital that we make preventing home burglaries one of our top priorities.
It’s not only the items intruders take, but also the sense of safety we have in our home and our privacy having been invaded which have an impact on us. As home security professionals, we’re often asked by customers throughout the Auckland region for advice on preventing home burglaries. We thought we’d share some of those tips with you here today.
Preventing Home Burglaries: 6 Tips to Action Today
It’s a sad fact that in today’s world, we can no longer enjoy the same level of safety generations before us have had. Often, you’ve either been or know of a victim of a burglary and seen the impact this has on their well-being. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of your home being burgled and here are just six of them:
- Know your neighbours – chat to your local neighbours, join or start up a local Neighbourhood Watch Group and look out for strange people, noises and vehicles.
- Keep doors and windows shut and locked when you are not in the room and at night. Installing window catches which only open a small distance is one way to keep fresh air coming in, if you enjoy having open windows.
- Install a home security system. Having a visual deterrent including CCTV cameras, motion sensors which capture photos of intruders and an alarm all help reduce the risk of a home burglary. We recommend using the Risco Agility 3, which is a wireless alarm system which will alert you via your smartphone should an intruder is detected.
- Use deadbolts on all your doors and for greater protection. We recommend that instead of using mechanical locks, you install electronic door locks. You can read why in our security article Mechanical Vs Electronic Door Locks: Which One is Best?
- Be strategic in your landscaping. Keep areas around windows and doors free from foliage in which intruders may hide. Install security cameras to capture people who approach your home and have motion detected security lights placed in dark areas.
- If you go away, keep your curtains open, your letterbox emptied, lawns mowed, and a car parked in your driveway.
For more advice on how to reduce your home’s risk of being burgled, give us a call today on 0800 425 576 or send us a message through our Contact page. We’ll be happy to give you a free assessment on your home’s security.