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Keep your home safe and secure from burglary

Updated on September 13, 2010
Burglar trying to gain   access through window
Burglar trying to gain access through window
Burglar in action
Burglar in action

Secure your home at all times

 Keeping your home safe from break and entry from burglars is a real problem, more so these days with so many unemployed people.  School holidays are another time to be more vigilant.  Kids become bored, and often dared to do things by their friends to do things they would normally not do.

Leaving your home empty

Unauthorized entry can happen at any time.  You are more at risk when leaving it unoccupied for a length of time. They quite often watch your activities and know that you will be away from the house for several hours.  Burglars often gain entry because owners leave keys under mats, pots, or similar areas. 

Skylights or manholes are common entry points.  My daughter has had a lot of trouble with burglars.  Now the cops call it the Fort Knox home.  They have police security surveillance.  They gained entry with the aid of a young kid dropped into the home through the manhole.  As soon as he entered, the alarms would go off. 

They have since put deadlocks on all doors when no one is home.  If they get in that way now they cannot get out, before the police arrive.  Houses with a lot of shrubs or trees in their front yard obscure the burglar’s entry to the home.

Prevention

 Here are a few suggestions to help

·        Leave lights on time switches if going out at night

·        Do not leave ladders visible

·        Notify the police if going away for more than a few days

·        Leave a spare key with a neighbor

·        Cancel all mail or newspaper deliveries

·        Put sensor alarms on windows and doors

·        Install an alarm system suited to your needs

·        Remove shrubs and trees in front of house

Valuables

Purchase a small safe and keep your valuable jewelry or important papers inside it at all times. Make sure the safe is a fireproof one. Just in case, there is a fire.

Often the burglar will remove valuables while the owners are home. This happens when the owners are entertaining out the back in the pool or barbecue area.

Alarms

There are many types of alarms. You could secure doors and windows with a magnetic switch, or inertia switches which is set off when the window vibrates. Pressure mats fitted under the carpet, are set off when someone walks over it. The less complicated the alarm system, the fewer mistakes. Make sure the installed alarm complies with your local councils.

Confronting Burglars

Do not take unnecessary risks to save your valuables. Nothing is worth more than your own safety. You can buy those valuable trinkets anytime.

If you see something suspicious, notify the police and stay away.

Even ownership of our homes are not safe today

 It has just been publicized on the TV that a man had his house sold while he was away in another country by a scammer.  The scammer evidently convinced the real estate agents they were acting on the owners behalf.

The owner has the title deeds to his home worth nearly $500,00.00 yet it was sold behind his back.

He is seeking legal advice, yet it still looks bad.   How can this happen in any country in this day and age.  If it can happen once, watch out it could happen again.  Next time it may be your precious home.  This happened in Australia.

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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ethel, yes I know how you feel. It is the same when travelling in our caravan it gives us more feeling of security

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      My two dogs give extra courage when home alone :)

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Lee thacker, thanks glad it will help you.

      Nemingha, thanks for stopping by

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      Nemingha 

      8 years ago

      Great advice!

    • Lee Thacker profile image

      Lee Thacker 

      8 years ago

      Wow! You really put a lot of thought and positive thought into your hub article! Honestly I think I need to re-read it again to pick-up all the gems that you shared, as always...THANKS! Keep writing...you know I'm a fan!

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