protect your home from burglarsKent police have some really good information on how to protect your home from burglars. Some of it plain common sense and some tips are often not thought of.

If you have never suffered a burglary, you will have no idea of the pain and anguish that can be caused when you lose something of sentimental value that cannot be replaced. Yes, your insurance will cover the cost of a new HDTV or a mobile phone, but you also have possessions that can never be replaced.

For many people, the mere realisation that a “stranger” has been in your home is very distressing. Some people actually find that they need to move house, because they cannot stand living there any more. So it makes sense to protect your home in the most effective way that you can.

A Determined Professional Criminal

You probably cannot prevent burglary from a determined professional criminal. Take the Hatton Garden jewel raid at Easter as an example. However, your average burglar is opportunist who prefers an easy target. Prevention is better than cure. Too many people take action only AFTER they have been burgled.

Kent police’s list of suggestions include:

  • Ensure that you lock doors and windows – even if you are only going into the garden.
  • Hide keys away – don’t leave them on the hall table because a burglar with a small fishing rod or other device can draw them through the letter box. This happens more often than you would believe.
  • Fit a visible burglar alarm.

If a burglar has the choice of breaking into your neighbour’s home which is fitted with an obvious alarm or yours, which has no alarm, you don’t need a degree in criminology to work out which one he will choose…

  • Get a neighbour whom you trust to keep an eye on your property.
  •  Fit a radio and lighting with timers. This will give your home the appearance of being occupied, even if you are out.
  • Ensure that fences around your home are in good condition. You can also buy plants for the garden which have sharp thorns – anything to make a thief’s life as unpleasant as possible.
  • When you leave home, or at night, make certain that side gates are locked so that it is difficult to gain access to the rear of your home.

It is also worth taking the time to walk around your home and inspect it, trying to put yourself into the mind of a burglar.

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