Tips for deterring intruders
We are unfortunately aware of more aggressive break ins and many are through the day. We wanted to share some common sense advice – for example you would be surprised how many clients we speak to have an alarm but don’t use it! any visual deterrents or barriers you can put in criminals way to make your home seem more difficult to enter is definitely advisable.
- Lock all doors all the time even when home
- If you have an intruder alarm use it! set it when you go to bed, most alarms can be programmed for a part set so you can move about upstairs when it’s set
- If an alarm is not in your budget then fit an external dummy bell box to front of property as visual deterrent
- If your alarm is old and needs updating consider replacing the external bell box first to give appearance of new alarm being fitted
- Fit dusk to dawn and security lighting to dark areas – street lighting is often not enough
- Is there access down side of property to rear? can fencing or a gate with lock be put in place?
- CCTV is not just for commercial properties many homeowners are having systems installed. Potential criminals who see the camera may be dissuaded for fear of being recorded. Any footage can be used in the event of a break in
- If CCTV is not in budget buy dummy cameras (ideally real ones that no longer work) and fit these as they are a good visual deterrent
- New alarm systems can now advise you of activation and you can set/unset alarm remotely via an app. This combined with a CCTV system would then allow you to view the footage remotely once you are aware of an activation and see your property externally in real time