5 Security Mistakes – According to Burglars!
When it comes to improving your home security, your first port of call probably isn’t a former burglar. But their input can be invaluable as they know why particular properties are targeted.
Ex-burglar-turned-security-adviser, Michael Fraser, helps people protect their homes from break-ins. “The more you do to your house, the more likely burglars are to move on and go to another house,” he explains.
Read on for five security mistakes to avoid when protecting your property, according to a former burglar.
1. Packing for all to see
Most people are too distracted when packing for their holiday to wonder if a burglar is watching. But loading your car with suitcases is a clear sign that your house will soon be empty. As you can’t avoid packing your car, doing it quickly and discreetly is the best advice.
It’s also a good idea to not have a calendar hanging near your kitchen window, advertising your holiday dates. It might surprise you, but ex-burglars say this is a good way for criminals to find out when a house is vacant.
2. Hiding the key outside
Hiding door keys under a stone or in a plant pot at the front door is like Christmas to a burglar. Once a popular choice in case of lost or forgotten keys, the idea is now seen as poor security simply because burglars will check for it.
Investing in a lockbox is a safer way to store your key, although this is not foolproof. A much safer approach is to get a key cut for a trusted friend or relative in case of an emergency.
3. Showing signs of a vacant property
There are a few clear signals to a thief that a property is empty and ripe for the picking, including;
- Full letterbox
- Deliveries left outside
- Bins not collected from the street
Burglars know what to look for when scoping out a property. So, ask your relatives or neighbours to help make your house look occupied. For example, they can collect mail, bring bins in or open and close curtains. If your neighbour has more than one car, offer them your driveway for the duration of your holiday to confuse potential intruders.
4. Forgetting the deadlock
While most people remember to lock their front door, not everyone is in the habit of securing the deadlock as well. Thicker and stronger than other door locks, they are a reassuring security measure and will make it harder for an intruder to break in.
Burglars know that people tend to forget the deadlock and it can make the difference between targeting your house or having to move on the next.
5. Leaving keys in plain sight
It is a common habit to come through the front door at the end of the day and toss your keys onto a nearby surface. But car or house keys in plain sight are a flashing neon sign to any burglars checking out your home. Keep your keys away from windowsills and don’t hang them up close to your front or back doors.
Want to add another layer of security?
Avoiding these burglar-approved errors will lower the risk of someone targeting your home. But there’s lots more you can do to drive criminals away from your property. At Selectron, we supply and install state-of-the-art CCTV and intruder alarms that act as a huge deterrent for burglars.