Personal Safety in the home along with Holiday Security Tips

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Safety within the Home:

  • Alarm system is one of the most effective burglar prevention tools.
  • Automatic sensor lighting covering each exterior doorway.
  • Make sure doors, windows and other entry points have appropriate security locks. Deadlocks are the best.


* Get in the habit of using them.
* Even small windows, that adults can not get through should be secured as often children are used to gain entry into houses.

  • Make sure you lock the front door if working out the back of the house.
  • Make sure people can not gain access to bedrooms when you are in another part of house.
  • Do not let people into your house if you do not know them.
  • If person asks to use phone either decline or pass phone out to them, do not let them in.
  • Ensure windows and doors are locked at night time even when you are home.
  • Keep garden sheds and garages secure, lock away tools and ladders.
  • Don't leave things lying around the house that could assist people to climb into high windows.
  • Install peep-hole in front door so you know who is calling.
  • Identify visitors before opening the door.
  • Mark valuable property with serial numbers and keep record of them.
  • Do not hide keys in obvious places, the burglar knows them all.
  • Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed to reduce places for the burglar to hide.
  • If you are female and reside alone leave male shoes at the front door.
  • Keep your house number clearly visible from the street both day and night to help emergency services' locate your address.
  • Consider engraving your property, it makes it harder to sell.
  • Have updated list of serial numbers and photographs of your valuables. Keep several copies.
  • Hide or secure valuables such as passports, documents.
  • Warning signs in regards to dogs will help deter burglars.

If you or someone you know has been burgled, it is best to take immediate action to improve the security of your home and reduce the risk of being burgled again. Offenders are known to target an address several weeks later, believing that insurance would have replaced your goods previously stolen.

Don't leave packaging for items at the front gate for collection, this is only telling the burglar what you own.

Neighbours who support each other, talk to each other and take an interest in what's going around them provide great security for the area. Neighbours should report suspicious activity to police and try to give good descriptions of the persons or vehicles. Don't overlook the obvious and do all you can to reduce the risk of being burgled.

Holiday Security Tips:

Most burglaries are opportunist and happen when the owners are away. Over the Christmas period burglars are aware there will be presents in the house to steal. Taking a few simple precautions will help deter burglars.

  • Keep house secure even if only going out for a short time.
  • Secure all windows and doors.
  • Each family member should have keys to the house rather than have them hidden outside.
  • Record serial numbers of electronic presents, they normally have the serial number written on the box.
  • Use timers for radio and lights, make it look like you are in.
  • Cancel papers etc when away.
  • Have neighbour or friend collect junk mail etc.
  • Have them enter your house and open curtains during the day.
  • Curtains closed during the day indicate you are away.
  • Have neighbour park their car in your driveway.
  • Have neighbour hang their washing out on your clothes line.
  • Get neighbour to put out your rubbish bin, don't put it out days before the collection.
  • Consider someone to house sit while you are away.
  • Make sure pets are taken care of.
  • Have someone mow your lawns if you are away for any length of time.
  • Don't have an answer machine message indicating you are away for a period of time.

Recording Serial numbers / Identification of Property:

  • Keep several copies of serial numbers etc in safe place.
  • Police require identification numbers or markings to assist them in recovery of property.
  • Photograph items of property that are somewhat unique.
  • Mark property with an identification number if they do not have a serial number.

Stolen Goods:

Burglars do steal for themselves but often they steal and on sell the goods for a variety of reasons, such as earning money, paying a debt or paying for drugs. They sell the goods through a variety of outlets:

  • Flea Markets
  • Classified ads
  • Through bars or sport clubs
  • Through friends
  • On-line.

Receiving or buying stolen goods is illegal and helps keep the burglars in business, so proceed with caution when buying second-hand goods. If you purchase the goods and they turn out to be stolen you will lose them along with the money you purchased them with. If it can be proven through the circumstances that you should have known the goods were most likely stolen then you may be charge with a criminal offence.

Look for the following indicators to determine whether the goods are stolen or not:

  • Serial numbers have been removed or damaged.
  • Where are you buying them from, legitimate store or the back of a car.
  • What's the asking price, is it real cheap.
  • How quickly does the seller what to close the deal.
  • Will the seller give you any of his/her details.
  • Will he only accept cash.

Remember: If it's too good to be true then it is most likely not.

 

 

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