How To Burglar Proof Your New Home Part 1
Burglars are no longer interested in stealing your TV or your sound system (although some may still try). The majority of them want your car keys and they want your data. These items are worth way much more money than electronics in this day and age.
Here’s our rundown of how to secure your home on the inside, including personal data and keys….
Securing Your Home on the Inside
1. Home security system
With an alarm system, you are able to arm and disarm different areas of your home, for example, you can alarm the downstairs area once you are upstairs in bed, and keep the upstairs alarm switched off. Also, a home security alarm system will show you where the alarm was triggered should it go off.
Many modern home security systems come with a variety of features that will leave you feeling assured about the security of your home. They enable you to control the doorbell, alarm, and cameras from the convenience of your smartphone, so you don’t even need to be at home to know who’s at the door!
2. Security cameras
Placing security cameras around the home can enable you to monitor important areas of your house. You’ll be able to see whatever sets the alarm off and confirm whether it was caused by an intruder.
3. Spare keys
We all need a spare key left somewhere in case of emergency – how about leaving it with a family member or neighbour though instead of under the plant pot? Intruders know to look for a spare key around your doors, so safe and reduce the risk of it getting into the wrong hands.
4. People in glass houses…
…should cover up their windows! While having large expanses of glass in the home can look really lovely, some angles could potentially provide a clear view right into the inside of your home, giving burglars the option to see what you have that is worth taking before they have even entered the property.
Frosted glass, shutters, curtains etc are all ways these risks can be avoided.
5. Alarm your windows
The window over the bathroom sink is known to be a favourite entry point for burglars. This is because from here they are close to the master bedroom where many valuables such as jewellery are kept.
Motion detectors on key second-story entry points may be a worthwhile consideration for this reason.
6. Own a fireproof safe
Investing in a safe to store your valuables in is a wise choice these days. Try to get a fire-proof safe that can be fixed to your property so that the burglar can’t simply lift it from your home.
Ensure you keep the code to your safe somewhere where it cannot be found – not on your mobile phone!
What to store in the safe? Besides the obvious valuables, keep your important personal documentation, passports and receipts for expensive items (if they are stolen and you need proof of purchase for insurance purposes) locked away. Any item that could be used to pass on your data for fraudulent purposes should go in the safe.
As well as all of those items, keep serial numbers (and photos, if possible) of anything you care about. For example, if your laptop is stolen and is spotted in a pawn shop, you won’t be able to get it back unless you have that serial number already on file somewhere.
Eradicating as many invitations to intruders as possible will most certainly help to keep your home more secure. It may also be reflected in a lower price insurance premium,