With today’s news that areas in Chicago make the top 10 list of places burgled in the U.S., it makes sense to take the necessary precautions—even if your neighborhood isn’t on the top 10 list.burglar

Tips to prevent home burglaries

Start outside: Burglars target your house by how it appears from the outside. Reformed burglars tell police they avoid houses with good lighting, any crunchy surface on driveways and patios that could make noise, an alarm box, CCTV cameras and signs of a dog in the house.

Tips to deter burglars on the outside of your home:

Tips to secure your garden shed:

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When you’re home, don’t leave downstairs windows open in rooms you’re not occupying; burglaries happen very quickly and the 10 minutes you spend in another part of the house could be a burglar’s chance to climb in, take your belongings and leave before you’ve even realized he was there.

Single-glazed windows are particularly vulnerable to attack by burglars since plain glass is easily breakable. Consider replacing them if it is within your budget (or ask your landlord to if you’re renting).

Be sure to add additional locks to wooden and metal windows, sash windows in particular. They’re easy to install and the added safety will help secure your home.

You can’t always add additional locks to UPVC windows, but in certain cases they can be fitted as needed.

Regardless of the type of windows you have, they should be locked at all times you’re not using them.

Don’t forget to shut and lock your windows when you go out or go to bed. Upstairs windows should always be locked when you’re not home, and if you’re not using them when sleeping.

Doors and mail slots tempt would-be thieves—so if you have a mail slot, use a basket or cage on the inside, making it difficult or impossible for thieves to use a tool such as a fishing rod, stick or metal bar to steal items like your car and house keys. If you use a basket or cage on the inside of your mail slot, remove the bottom to prevent mail theft.

When it comes to doors, locks are king. Here are some things to look out for:

Keep valuables out of sight, even if you’re leaving the room for just 10 minutes.

 

Other home security and protection considerations

 

Source: bradshawinternational.com