Tips to beat the burglar.
Burglars can strike at any time of the day or night and most burglaries can be prevented by securing your home.
The majority of burglars are opportunists and in 3 out of 10 burglaries, access tends to be gained through an open door or window.
These simple tips will help you BEAT the burglar.
2/3 of burglars will get in through a door and 1/3 through a window so security of these areas is vital.
- Consider using lamina
- If you are replacing windows in the home, install ones certified to British Standard PAS 24-2 known as ‘windows of enhanced security’
- ted glass with a thickness of 6.4mm or greater, especially on ground floor and accessible windows as it’s much harder to break than conventional glass
- Fit window locks
Doors and their surrounding frames should be strong and in good condition. If your front and back doors aren’t secure, neither is your home.
- If you are replacing a door, improve your security by installing one that is certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 otherwise known as ‘doors of enhanced security’
- If your door doesn’t have a window to help you check who’s at the door, fit a door viewer and chain
- Make sure hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long screws. For added security fit a pair of hinge bolts.
- Never hang a spare key inside the letterbox – it’s a place that a thief will check.
- Keep your doors locked even when you are at home. If you have a UPVC door, be sure to lock it properly by lifting up the handle and using a key.
Burglars are less likely to target a house with an alarm so it’s advisable to fit one.
The type of fencing, hedging or walls around a property can attract or deter thieves.
Check for weak spots where a thief could get into your garden, for example, a low sagging fence or a back gate with a weak lock.