Top Tips for Keeping Burglars Away

Top Tips for Keeping Burglars Away
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Did you know that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK? We all know that certain times of the year, such as the summer or Christmas are prime times for burglaries to take place, and that there are certain areas of the UK that are more susceptible to burglaries, but did you know that being a renter increases your chances of being burgled?

However, there are a few things that you can do to help protect your home and keep your valuables safe.

Top Tips for Keeping Burglars Away

 

1. Lock Your Doors

A staggering one in five people admit to leaving their front and back doors unlocked whilst they are out. Many insurers won’t pay out if it was found that you were burgled whilst your house was left unsecured.

2. Install Deterrents

Decent locks and bolts, alarms and lighting can all put would-be burglars off. If you have sliding doors, pop a piece of dowel in the grooves to stop it being opened.

3. Make your home look lived in

Use automatic timers so lights go on in the evening, ask someone you trust to remove your post, cancel milk and newspaper deliveries, and even ask a neighbour to park their car on your driveway once in a while

4. Don’t ‘check in’ on Facebook

You want to show off that you are on holiday, but it’s a super quick way let the world know that your house is empty for two weeks. You might trust your friends, but sometimes information can get into the wrong hands.

5. Clear valuables away

Don’t leave laptops, smartphones, jewellery and tablets in clear view. Have somewhere safe to put them when they are not in use. Take a walk past your window – can you see anything valuable? If you can, move it!

6. Put up a ‘beware of the dog’ sign

Even if you don’t have one – they won’t know that you don’t have a great big, snarling noisy guard dog!

Chill Insurance have carried out some research into how people protect their homes and what they believe is their most valuable possession, which makes for some interesting reading!

What are your top tips for protecting your home? I would love you to share them in the comment section below!

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9 thoughts on “Top Tips for Keeping Burglars Away

  1. All very simple but effective ideas! Make sure you don’t discuss when you’re going on holiday on social media, the amount of people I see saying we’re going away for 2 weeks in 1o days, GREAT you may as well put a sign on your door saying please burgle me

  2. Great tips! I never thought about the dog sign, very clever. I have heard about the don’t “check in” on facebook, which makes perfect sense.

  3. Great tips, i alwys tell people off for the facebook check in one, its so obvious to everyone the house will be empty. same when people post pics of ll their christms presents ‘set up’ on christms eve…. always make sure someone stays t our house when we go away, as we have 4 cats and loads of fish, we need someone to look after them (usually the mother in law) will sty x

  4. I am always amazed when my friends say they leave their doors unlocked, even at night. I wouldn’t dare! My doors are permanently locked and I make sure my windows are only open when we are at home. Great tips! #SuperSaturday

  5. A fantastic list of tips and totally common sense which most of us probally don’t do thanks for hosting #supersaturday

  6. been giving the facebook check in some thought, while I live with a large family I never want anyone to know when we are all gone.
    thanks for sharing tips

  7. Brilliant tips 🙂 I’m terrified of the thought of a burglar – I feel for anyone who has experienced one. I definitely will get a Beware of the Dog sign ha ha! Mim x #superparentsaturday

  8. That Facebook one always baffles me, I’m always telling my mum off for it! #superparentsaturday

  9. Your insurance can be invalid also if you have put on Facebook that you are going away. A good tip is to not put out your packaging for your new massive TV outside your house – wait until the rubbish collection comes and hand it to them

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