Making Your Home a Safer Place
We all like to think that our home is the safest place in the world but unfortunately, many homes are not as safe as we like to think they are. There is no such thing as a burglar-proof home, however, it is possible to reduce the risk of burglary if you:
Lock the door and close the windows when you are away from home. It may be true that good window and door locks will not keep a burglar away but sometimes it is the opportunity that makes the thief. Also, teach your children to lock the door when they are home alone and not to open the door and answer the phone to anyone.
Never leave the entrance key under the doormat or planters. If you use the doormat or planters to “hide” the entrance key, you are highly recommended to discontinue with this practice because doormats and planters are the most obvious hiding places for keys.
Consider investing in a home security system. It may not keep the burglars away from your home but a loud alarm for instance may scare them off before they have the opportunity to steal anything valuable.
Do not keep valuables on visible areas. We all like pretty things and feel good when receiving compliments from the guests, however, it is important to be aware that they may increase the risk of burglary. There is no need to be suspicious of your friends but you never know whom they will tell about your beautiful art collection for instance. It is not like you must hide your valuables from your guests but it is a good idea to keep them in a safe or better yet outside your home if they have a high value.
Never keep a larger amount of cash at home. Just like expensive jewellery and artworks, a larger amount of cash increases your risk of becoming a victim of crime especially if you keep it at home. But if you do have a large amount of cash at home, be sure that no one, not even your most trustworthy friends know about it.
Do not let everyone inside your home. Strangers knocking at your door should always be considered as a potential burglar. Most of them come to your home for the very same reason they tell you but it is very difficult to tell who is really conducting a field research for instance and who is only pretending to do so in order to be able to see your home and if you have anything worth of stealing.
Keep your home lighted at night. Leaving a light on at your entrance door after you go to sleep may seem an unnecessary waste of energy, however, homes which are well lighted especially outside are less likely to be picked by the burglars because they are more likely to be seen by someone while trying to break in. And if you are worried about your electricity bill or carbon footprint, you can buy a solar-powered door light which, like its name suggests, is powered exclusively by solar light and will not increase your electricity bill nor carbon footprint. For extra peace of mind try a security company London for a safer Southwark.