Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be robbed than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from robberies or breakins. Here are a few tips:
Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.
Distraction robberyIf you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider - Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller - they may be bogus.
Going away on holidayMake your home look like someone is living in it: