As summer approaches, people take advantage of the beautiful weather to do outdoor projects, take their families to fun locations such as amusement parks, beaches and try to find ways to relax and keep cool. It's the season when most people take time off of work, because their kids are on holidays. For burglars, however, it is a very active time of the year.
Burglars target items like televisions, stereos, wallets, purses, tools and computer equipment because they can easily be resold or traded. Often the most valuable item stolen is jewellery. In many instances stolen goods are never recovered.
- Always lock the doors and windows, even when you’re home.
- Install quality deadlocks on all external doors and your main door should have a peephole or locked security door.
- Key locks on your windows and security screens will allow you to let the breeze in during the summer months.
- Cut back trees and shrubs to remove potential hiding places.
- Consider lower or see-through fences to allow a clear view of your house.
- Install motion-activated lighting to keep track of what is happening outside at night.
- Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbour, friend or family member instead of outside the home in obvious locations, like under mats or flowerpots.
- Lock up tools, gardening equipment and ladders, as these can be used to gain access to your home.
- Only let trusted family and friends know your holiday plans and avoid advertising your plans on social media.
- Leaving large boxes on the verge shows burglars you’ve purchased new electrical goods.
- Avoid leaving notes on your door, as it announces to unexpected visitors that the house is unoccupied.
- Use window stickers to warn that there is an alarm system and that property is marked.
- Make sure your house looks occupied by leaving lights on at night if you are out.
- If you’re going away set timers for lights and radios and consider cancelling the newspaper delivery.
- If you don’t have someone to collect your mail while you’re away, organise for the post office to keep it secure until you’re back.
- Ask a trusted neighbour to occasionally park in your driveway, or have friends or family drop by to check on your property if you’re away on a lengthy trip.
- Don’t open your door or provide access to your home without knowing who is there and remember to check the identity of any charity collectors or salespeople.
- Take photos of your valuables and keep a record of details in a handy place. This can help recover them if they are stolen and will also help if you need to make an insurance claim.
- Mark your property by engraving or leaving a visible and permanent mark for easy identification.