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Nobody likes to think about their home being targeted by thieves. The reality is, home burglaries happen. If you want to keep your castle safe, this guide will come in handy.
Prevention is always better than cure, and if you can put thieves off before they try and break in, this is an excellent place to start. Think about it: somebody hoping to break into a house will always take the easy way out. If your home is protected, they may think twice about trying to scale walls or break through doors. You don’t have to go all-out with a drawbridge and a moat, but consider the impact of outdoor lights, a gate, and an alarm system. If you’re a burglar, and you spot an alarm, you can hear a dog barking or lights come on as soon as you approach the property, this is going to make life much harder. CCTV can also be very effective. If you spend a lot of time away from home, it’s worth investing in a remote system, which you can control via your smartphone.
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Protecting your possessions
If you have valuable or sentimental items at home or you’re looking to protect your investment and keep your home in pristine condition, it pays to invest in home insurance from companies like Trusted Choice and to ensure that the contents of the building are also covered. If somebody breaks in, you can make a claim that will help towards the cost of replacing lost items. It’s also beneficial to find safe places for items that are valuable to you. Store jewelry, technology, and cash, for example, in a locked cabinet or safe. Try to avoid keeping these items in the master bedroom as this is an area thieves tend to target first. If you have tablets, laptops and expensive phones, keep them away from windows and doors. Always make sure you lock up before you go to bed or leave the house.
Making it look as though you’re at home
Most thieves pounce when the house is empty, so try and make sure that it looks as though somebody is home even if you’re out. Leave a light on and a car parked in the driveway, cancel deliveries if you’re taking a vacation and ask your neighbor to bring the mail in for you and keep an eye on the house. When going away, don’t forget to adjust your privacy settings on social media. If you’re posting photos from a ski resort or a tropical island, this may represent an open invitation to opportunists. Set your account to private so that your posts are visible only to friends.
For most of us, there’s no place like home, and the thought of somebody breaking in is hugely distressing. This guide will help you strengthen your defenses and minimize the risk of a burglary at home.