Shhhhhh….. Things burglars don’t want you to know!
Pleaseeeeee STOP BRAGGING
You’re off to a holiday and you just have to update all your social media accounts to announce to the entire world. Guess what? You also just made your travel plans available to possible crooks – you never know who’s reading your posts. Brag all you want, but only after you come back.
THINK LIKE A BURGLAR
Burglars are quick to sense if a house has been unoccupied for days. It’s a good idea to leave some of the lights on and ask a trusted neighbour to keep a close watch.
Well, trim those overgrown bushes in your front garden, it’s a bad idea to have tall bushes and trees next to the windows as these might act as climbing aid.
LET THEM KNOW YOU’RE WATCHING
Installing a security camera is a good idea, particularly if you live in a quiet neighbourhood.
INVEST IN BETTER LIGHTING
Dark interiors make it easy for burglars to take a quick peek without being noticed. If possible, install lights activated by motion sensors at the entrances. Nothing irritates or scares a burglar more than being suddenly illuminated.
NEVER LEAVE WITHOUT LOCKING
Are you the kind to make a quick dash to the local market without bothering to lock the door? Surely nothing can happen in those 15-20 minutes, right? Sometimes, that’s all it takes for someone to make a quick entry and run away with pricey items.
Burglars hate dogs and what’s good is that you don’t actually have to have one. A large dog bowl and toys in the yard, and a “Beware of the Dog” sign, are all you need to fool the crooks.
Suspicious, don’t let them in
Often, burglars try to gain access to the house posing as delivery guys or repairmen to examine the interiors and gauge where all the pricey items may be. Never let anyone inside if you feel suspicious.
VALUABLES ON DISPLAY
Never leave pieces of jewelry or other expensive items unattended or out in the garden. Those unsuspecting passersby could be robbers eyeing your valuables.
BATHROOMS OFF LIMITS
You may sound rude but try not to let any service or repair person use your bathroom. According to experts, robbers often use this method to unlock or disable windows for easy access later.
BE A SMART TRAVELLER
Try to eliminate any signs that might attract crooks to your house while you’re away on a vacation. A big pile of newspapers unattended for days is inviting trouble. Ask your neighbours to collect them or stop delivery while you’re gone.
YOUR GARDEN IS NOT A KEY STAND
Do you pride yourself on keeping the house keys under the doormat or the pebbles lining your garden? Well, you’re fooling no one. Even a dim-witted burglar would look at those places first. Think smart and keep extra sets of keys with friends or neighbours.
SECURE ALL ENTRANCES
You spent a fortune installing the latest state-of-the-art equipment and locks at the front door, only to leave the back entrance as an easy access to your house. Just because you use the front door more often doesn’t mean the burglar shares the same sentiments.
GET RID OF EMPTY CARTONS
Did you just buy a fancy new flat-screen TV? Make sure you don’t dispose of the packaging carelessly as you may advertise your new purchase to the burglars. Always cover the cartons before disposing them.
STORE VALUABLES WHERE THEY WON’T LOOK
Don’t store your valuables in your underwear drawer or cabinets thinking that the housebreaker would shy away from checking them. Store them in your kids’ room or even the storage area where they’d least suspect.
IDENTIFY POSSIBLE ENTRY POINTS
Some of the hotspots for a thief’s entrance include the window above the kitchen sink and the second floor windows. Make sure to secure these places by setting up alarms or motion detectors.
KEEP YOUR TOOLS LOCKED
Don’t leave your ladders and tools unattended in the yard – burglars could use them for easy access to your house. If you don’t need them, store them away.
Does it make sense? Then Share with your friends….but whisper it!