The seemingly ever-increasing incidence of theft of property from the home, or business premises, is linked to the increase in illegal drug use, with most perpetrators being multiple-offenders. The boom in consumer spending on home entertainment and other electrical goods, e.g. smart phones and portable gaming devices, provides the would-be thief with a plethora of possible items that they can steal and ‘convert to cash’ at their local second hand store. Therefore, it is essential that you make a small investment of time and money in securing your property, so that you do not become a victim of crime.
Below are a number of hints and tips to help you to protect your property:
- Coat any surfaces by which intruders could gain access to your property with StopClimb Non-Drying Paint™ ensuring that it is no less than 2.5 metres above ground
and display a suitable warning sign. Use a solid core or metal door for all entrance points.
- Door hinges should be sturdy enough to resist any efforts to remove them from the outside – ideally they should be reinforced with long screws, or with security fit hinge bolts.
- Install key-operated window locks on all windows with all locks able to be operated by the same key, i.e. they are ‘keyed-alike’. DO NOT leave the keys in the locks!
- Install suitable patio door bolts on all such doors, especially sliding doors, and with all locks being keyed-alike. DO NOT leave the keys in the locks!
- Install a 5 or 7 level mortice deadlock to the main entry door and any other hinged door with all such locks being keyed-alike. DO NOT leave the keys in the locks!
- DO NOT hang keys on hooks anywhere in the house or hide them under doormats, plant pots etc.
- Install an audible alarm system, and if you can afford it have your alarm monitored by a reputable security firm.
- Place stickers on all doors and windows warning would-be intruders that you have an alarm, even if you don’t.
- Install motion-sensor triggered security lighting at all points where intruders could gain access.
- Install video surveillance cameras with images stored on a Hard Disc Drive hidden somewhere inside the property. If you can’t afford that, install realistic dummy security cameras making sure that they have wires coming out the back and going into a hole in the wall.
- Minimise shrubbery and bushes in your garden that could conceal an intruder.
- With an indelible pen mark all valuables with your name or some other unique identifier, especially CDs and DVDs, as these are the easiest things for thieves to convert to cash.
- Get to know your neighbours and if you are going away ask them to collect your mail and any free newspapers, flyers and other junk mail from your mail box.