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!