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Lockdown: Ways to secure your home

Sep 13, 2008
Burglary is one of those things that you never expect to happen to you. And true, with the necessary precautions, your home may never be broken into. However, it's a good idea to attempt securing your home as best as you can because many people aren't so lucky.

Criminals target houses that look like easy pickings. If they're searching for somewhere to rob and see an unsecured home that looks empty, it's an attractive option. A few security measures could really make a difference.

The first - and simplest - form of security is obvious: locks. Your door and window locking systems should be effective and in good working order. Make sure that you actually use them - a mistake like forgetting to lock up one night could prove disastrous if it happens to be the night burglars are in the area. As simple as it is, a locked window is a powerful deterrent for robbers. Why risk making a lot of noise forcing your way in when it's possible that another property has open windows? The work is practically done for you.

Keys to your doors and windows should be accounted for. If you lose your keys, your home is at risk; no matter how absurd it seems that the finder could locate it. They might have been stolen from you, or absently left hanging in the lock one day you were returning home, only to be swiped by someone for later use. It's a good idea to change your lock if you lose your key, otherwise it could be an open invitation for criminals who can't believe their luck.

Following on from locks, a burglar alarm provides an effective way to stop robbers. It could be the case that the alarm sounding means they've already broken in, but it also means they'll probably make a break for it as soon as they realise the house's inhabitants - and their neighbours - will be alerted to their presence. Many alarm systems are monitored by a central control, so any triggering of the alarm generally results in a police car being dispatched to investigate soon afterwards. A loud alarm can also give intruders enough of a scare that'll chase them away, with the threat of confrontation by both the home occupier and the police fairly certain.

Another deterrent is CCTV. Placing cameras around the exterior of your home will show prospective burglars you are well-protected and will help discourage them. It's a big risk to attempt to break into a property where you could be caught on camera. Closed-circuit television cameras, even if concealed from sight, could really help protect your home as well as provide invaluable evidence for the police against intruders.

However, no matter how many security measures you take, your home is always at risk. While these suggestions could mean that your home is less likely to be targeted, nothing is failsafe. As standard practice, you should always purchase home insurance to help protect your belongings. That way, even if you are the unfortunate victim of robbery, you'll be covered for your losses.
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Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.
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