HOME SECURITY

10. August 2009, 17:41 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Most criminals who do serious break and enter (as opposed to impulse crimes) will “case” the neighbourhood before they choose a residence to burglarize. The overwhelming first choice is an empty dwelling. Anything you can do to make your home occupied while you are away from it will help deter burglars.

The following are some useful tips:

  • Install photoelectric modules to turn porch lights on in the evening and off in the morning.
  • Install motion-detector actuated lights at appropriate spots such as front and rear doors, patio approaches, backyard gates, etc.
  • Do NOT leave a note on your door saying you are away or when you will return.
  • Do NOT put our name or your door or gate as it makes it easy to call ahead to determine if there is someone at home.
  • Have the Post office hold your mail while you are away and cancel your newspaper deliveries temporarily.
  • Install timers to turn lights and televisions on and off. The multiple-program type are to be preferred as they allow you to vary the schedule.
  • Leave a radio on tuned to a station with talk shows or lots of commentary so that is sounds as if people are home. Do not turn the volume too loud as a low indistinguishable conversation is more sueful.

If you leave your keys with a trusted family member, friend or neighbour, along with your contact phone number, they can help make your home look lived in while you are away by:

  • Turning lights on and off.
  • Opening and closing curtains, drapes or blinds.
  • Gather up any circulars, flyers or junk mail that accumulates on your doorstep or mailbox.
  • Mow the lawn or shovel the walk.
  • Move your car periodically if you leave it behind, or occasionally park theirs in your driveway.
  • Put a bag of garbage out for pickup at your place on garbage day.

Installing a good alarm system is also recommended. A little effort can go a long way to helping keep your home safe while you are away, or even when at home.

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