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A Criminal’s Guide to Not Getting Burgled

Out of Sight Out of Mind

Burglars often peep through letterboxes to scope a property. Don’t leave anything on display that can be seen through yours, especially keys! Better still get a grill or cover for your internal letterbox.

Lock the Shed

If you have a shed – lock it. Burglars dislike coming armed with tools to a property because it raises the risks of being stopped by Police. Sheds often have a range of things criminals can use to break into your home. Keep it locked.

Beware of the Pets

Have a sign up saying ‘beware of the dog’? Bad move. As burglars will know this means you are unlikely to have a movement-sensitive alarm as pets trigger these.

Make it Hard Work

Burglars want an easy life, and many are callous opportunists so don’t make their lives easy. By having an alarm on show, window locks in place and signs saying you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch or have your property security marked, you are signalling your property isn’t an easy touch.

Shut Up

In the nicest possible way of course. Always ensure your front gate and back gate are closed. This is a small but significant psychological thing. Burglars are hard-wired to look for the easiest option.

The good news is by following these, and the many other security tips available online you dramatically reduce the risk of being targeted.

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