1. Avoid sharing on social media
It may be tempting to share an excited update from the airport on Facebook or Twitter, but according to recent research, 78% of burglars use social media to target potential empty properties. Keep the privacy settings of your social profiles high, don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, and only post your holiday pictures when you return home.
2. Check your home security
Make sure that your home security levels meet the minimum requirements of your home insurance company to avoid expensive losses in the event of a break-in. A heavy-duty dead bolt on the front door, multipoint locking system, well-fitted burglar alarm, movement-activated floodlights, and key-operated window locks are all effective deterrents. Make sure you don’t leave bins or ladders lying around that could provide burglars with easy access to upstairs windows and keep back gates and sheds securely locked. If you have a wall or fence, planting prickly foliage against it can deter would-be burglars from climbing over the top.
3. Make sure your property looks occupied
Most burglars target empty properties, so make sure your home looks lived in while you are away. Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries, set interior lights on a timer, and ask a friend or neighbour to collect your post and draw the curtains at night. Leaving a car in the driveway will also give the impression that someone is home.
4. Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
Burglaries are far more difficult to commit when communities are made up of people who know each other and look out for any suspicious activity. If you are concerned about crime in your area, consider starting or joining a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Either talk to your neighbours about starting an unofficial monitoring system or visit https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/ to join an official local organisation.
5. Protect your valuables
In the event of a worst-case scenario, keeping your valuables safely tucked away in a locked safe or hidden area can save a lot of heartbreak. Burglars want to spend as little time as possible inside your home so will target the most obvious places rather than searching every nook and cranny for items of value. Here are some of the best and worst places to hide your valuables, according to home security experts.
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