Most burglars are opportunists. They look for vulnerable properties that have valuables in plain sight. In this Cambridge Locksmith guide, we’re looking at tried and tested ways you can make your property less attractive to burglars.
Get a security survey
A security survey can be carried out by professional locksmiths. They’ll assess all the locks on your doors and windows and determine any general areas of improvement when it comes to security. Ensuring that you don’t have any weak points, such as a broken lock, is important to avoid giving opportunists an easy break.
Hide valuables away
How many of us put our keys or wallet in the front hallway? Make sure you don’t leave valuables such as jewellery, antiques, gadgets or bikes on display from your front window.
Secure all accessways
If your house has side access from the front, consider adding a lockable gate. You should also check your land boundaries to check there are no broken fence panels or gaps.
Leave a light on
This applies to businesses as well as homes. If you’ve locked up for the weekend, or you’re going away on holiday, it can be worth leaving a light on. This makes it look like someone is home, even if they’re not. An empty house can be a vulnerable one, so don’t leave obvious signs.
To save on energy bills and be kinder to the planet, you can invest in smart lighting that can be switched on and off from a mobile device.
Motion sensor lighting at the front or back of the house can also be a deterrent.
Don’t tell the whole world you’re off on your holidays!
In the age of social media, it’s tempting to share every vacation and all the details on our social profiles. But this could leave your property vulnerable.
Get creative with signs
We’ve all seen ‘Beware of the dog’, ‘Neighbourhood watch’ and ‘CCTV in operation’ signs. Placing these in your front window or by an access gate can act as a deterrent.
Install an alarm system
The ultimate deterrent is perhaps a visible burglar alarm system or a CCTV camera.