Did you know that a surprisingly large number of home robberies are the result of doors or windows simply not being locked? Whether it is planned or just opportunistic in nature, don’t think for a moment that your property is safe while you are working in the back garden with the front door unlocked. A lot can be stolen in a few minutes and this type of crime is common during daylight hours.
By far, the bittersweet fact is that most such burglaries can be classed as opportunistic insofar as an intruder will become hesitant if difficult obstacles present themselves. This could take the form of an alarm system, a concerned neighbour, a gate lock, sreen door locks as well as deadlocks on their accompanying doors, clear visibility around the house and other deterrents to unwanted entry.
Even when some locks are used, thieves will instinctively make a quick search for any weak points of entry like an unlatched sliding window or poorly locked sliding door. If there is one, they’ll find it and sadly too many people become victims before taking appropriate action.
Added to that, if you consider the occasions when homeowners drive off with alarms not activated, deadbolts/deadlatches not used and security screen doors left unlocked, it becomes clear that an intruder’s job can range anywhere between very simple on one hand and way too risky to attempt on the other. For example, some timber doors can be forced open without much fuss if only the knob or lever lock is used without the deadbolt being locked as well.
A burglar’s willingness to proceed is directly proportionate to the confidence of succeeding undetected.
Use the security measures you have – indeed the most practical and simple advice we can offer. Your security status may or may not need upgrading, but one thing is indisputable: complacency tips the scales in the thief’s favour sooner or later.
|If you have moved recently, are you certain that you have the only keys?||Yes||No|
|Are there enough alarm warning signs (undamaged) displayed clearly?||Yes||No|
|Are exterior timber doors made of solid timber?||Yes||No|
|Do those doors have deadbolts (key both sides)?||Yes||No|
|Are those door edge gaps (when closed) acceptable? (2-3mm optimal)||Yes||No|
|Do all exterior sliding glass doors have dead latches (key both sides) or key lockable patio bolts?||Yes||No|
|Are sliding doors & windows unable to be lifted from tracks when locked?||Yes||No|
|Are windows key lockable?||Yes||No|
|Are window security mesh panels fastened firmly?||Yes||No|
|Are curtains or blinds used to conceal computers, stereo etc?||Yes||No|
|Do you keep small valuables including cash and keys/remotes so as not to be visible from outside doors and windows?||Yes||No|
|If you have a safe, is it bolted securely to the floor?||Yes||No|
|Do you secure documents relating to your identity (passports, credit card statements and others)?||Yes||No|
|Are keys held only by yourself and trusted friends, not hidden outside?||Yes||No|
|Are entrances and window areas clear of excessive vegetation and any other barriers to visibility?||Yes||No|
|Are outdoor shed doors and windows secure?||Yes||No|
|When outside, do you lock the door/s at the opposite end of the house?||Yes||No|
|Is there adequate outside lighting in the form of motion sensors etc?||Yes||No|
|Do you lock gates when and where practical?||Yes||No|
|Do you avoid leaving notes of your absence on doors and elsewhere?||Yes||No|
|Do you avoid any messages of your absence on phones & social media?||Yes||No|
While your answer should be “yes” to most of the questions above, let’s not forget that other resources can make a difference too. When all is said and done, your aim is to dash burglars’ plans and feel safe with whatever it takes.
Neighbours watching out for each other, and letting strange visitors know it, is a proven deterrent to property theft. If you’re away, have someone you trust check pets, mail, newspapers and so on.
An alarm system, properly maintained and monitored is a known disincentive to burglars – no argument. If you are considering installing one, it is better to have a system that is adequate for your circumstances without being too complex (and likely expensive). It should at least protect your doors and windows without having unnecessary features that might confuse family members or cause false alarms.
A well trained dog is also extremely effective. Even a yapping chihuahua can put a burglar off the game for fear of unwanted noise and attention alone.
Although insurance is more about recovery than crime prevention, it is nonetheless the last roll of the dice in recovering large losses. It should be adequate and paid up-to-date, with a clear understanding of its terms and conditions for both cover and claims. Serial numbers, warranties, photos and as much proof as possible for more expensive items should be filed securely.
Whatever you think of your home security status, please feel free to call us or email for advice at any time.
We’re serious about your security.