Due to the recent amount of burglaries and attempted break-ins around the local area, our security expert Paul has shared some advice on measures that can be done around your home. Paul has been involved in Security most of his working life and wanted to share this advice to keep you both safe and alert.
When away from your home for any length of time try not advertise it on any social media sites, if you do, then it’s good to ‘thank or tag’ a family member for staying in your home whilst you are away (even if they are not!)
Tell a neighbour that you are going away and advise who exactly you are expecting and rough time. If there is likely to be Property maintenance and builders carrying out their duties whilst you’re away make them aware of the contractor names.
If you have a second car parked up then ask a neighbour to move it to a different parking area, this will seem that there is someone at the property.
If you have an alarm company inform them that you are away and that if there is incident the police are alerted straight away, without informing you first.
Check that you have enough security signage on display, if its old and faded then get the security company to replace it.
Place the alarm box so that it is visible and not just from the front of the house, if needed a dummy box can be placed on the wall.
🔈 Noise is good make sure that your alarms will annoy the neighbours so that they would respond.
Get some switch timers for lights, TV and the radio, and set them at different times throughout the day and night. Think about having lights come on and a TV or radio so that it can be heard from the outside.
Outside security lighting is a must.
📧 Ask your neighbour to remove all post from the post box.
Take photographs of your sentimental and expensive items and keep them safe. Remember to get a value on these or keep the purchase receipt safe and to write down the serial number.
Consider a safe.
Think about your neighbourhood. Be an observant and vigilant neighbour. If you see people hanging around then without causing any likely harm to yourself take a photo of the car or persons. If they look like contractors then you can say hello to them and ask them for a contact phone number, as you are thinking of having work done yourself anything to make them feel nervous and they will hopefully drive away. Or alternatively phone the alarm company or police. The alarm company should respond without the alarms sounding if it is reported to them if any suspicious activity is taking place.