Crime Prevention Tips – Burglary
Community Safety – Make A Burglar Welcome……
10 Ways To Make A Burglar Welcome……..
- Don’t engrave any valuables such as cameras and appliances with your name and licence number – it’s easier for a burglar to pass off the goods as his or her own if you haven’t marked them as yours.
- Don’t fit a peep hole in the front door or install automatic lights in the garden or carport, you may make the burglar more noticeable and scare him off altogether.
- When you go out for the evening, make sure you leave a few doors and windows unlocked – especially Landry and bathroom windows. It’s good for ventilation and burglars prefer entry points that are nicely hidden from the street.
- If you’re doing something noisy in the home like vacuuming, leave an outside door open so burglars can come in without you noticing.
- Put keys in easy to find places, such as under the mat or in a pot plant – burglars hate it when you leave the key with a trusted neighbour!
- When you go on holiday, make sure you leave the home looking empty so burglars will know it’s a good place to break in. Useful signs for burglars include: an overflowing mailbox, a silent home with drawn curtains, no lights on at night, overgrown lawns, newspapers piling up, and no car in the driveway.
- Leave plenty of cash around – it’s a special treat for burglars to find if they do break in and it can’t be traced.
- Make it easy for burglars to escape from the home with big items such as televisions, computers and stereos by choosing not to install double-keyed deadlocks to all perimeter doors and key operated locks to all accessible windows. Importantly, don’t install alarm systems and security doors, these are a definite no for the poor burglar.
- Provide outside ladders and trellises to make it easy for burglars to climb in to the house.
- Keep your garden rambling and thick to provide good cover for burglars. And don’t fit skylights with locks, this makes it too difficult for burglars to get in.