It’s coming up to winter, and statistically, burglaries increase by 25% during the winter months and we think it would be a good idea to provide some advice on how to reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim to the scum that are burglars.
I’ve heard too many stories of Christmas presents getting stolen weeks or even days before the 25th December and they always seem worse than your standard burglary story. Despite that, nobody ever wants to be burgled. Here are 5 tips on how to prevent a burglary:
- Whether you are in or out, secure all your doors and windows. Many break-ins happen when the victim is actually at home, and a window has been left open in an unattended room, or the door is unlocked while everybody is upstairs. Close your windows and lock your doors, whether you are in or not.
- Always keep a light on, or set up timers. Burglars work in the dark and will stay away from lit homes because they think that somebody is in if a light is on.
- Don’t keep your valuables such as wallets, keys or jewellery on show. If a burglar is scouting a house and they see valuables in an easy place to get to, they’ll likely target your home.
- Whenever you leave the house, always set your alarm. Whether you’re leaving for 5 minutes or 5 days, you should always leave your alarm on.
- When you go to sleep, use sash jammers to provide extra support to your windows and doors. These handy little things won’t necessarily keep somebody out, but they will significantly stall an intruder and they would have to break your door down causing significant amounts of noise. Unless you’re a bear in hibernation, you should be able to hear.
Here are the most common entry points for a burglary:
- Front door – 29%
- Rear window – 26%
- Rear door – 22%
- Front window – 9%
- Side window – 4%
- Side door – 2%
- Other – 1.5%
- The remaining 6.5% is unknown
What can we do to help?
We can’t directly help you but we do heavily advise that you purchase some Sash Jammers for your doors and windows. Notice the above facts, and that 92% of all burglaries are through a door or window. Installing and using sash jammers correctly will, essentially, prevent the chances of you getting burgled by 92% as they will prevent an easy entry into your home. If its too risky or noisy to get in, the chances are that the intruder won’t risk it.
When installing your sash jammers, the best method is to put one above the middle of the door/window and one below. The more spread out, the better.