Because of the the business of life, most people do not spend a lot of time thinking about home security. That is - until they get burgled themselves. So many people think that it won't happen to them and wait until it is too late. This reactive approach can be catastrophic as all your personal possessions, heirlooms and treasured belongings are lost forever. TV's, computers and games consoles are easily replaced but those sentimental items cannot ever be replaced. Why not take a proactive viewpoint and start now to improve your home security to keep the burglars out of your home?
The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE GARDAI to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain anonymous! Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times, and call the Gardai when you see something suspicious.
Here are some tips to prevent you becoming a victim of burglary:
Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
- Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
- Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security. Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.
Don't Tempt a Thief:
- Lawn mowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.
- Always lock your garden sheds and garages.
- Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.”
Locks…Get the Best:
- No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.
- Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
- When moving into a new home, have all locks changed.
Targeting the Outside:
- Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.
- Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.
- Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
- Most windows can be pinned for security.
- Drill a 3/16" hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame - place a nail in the hole to secure the window.
- An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on holiday. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.
- If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
- Many individuals have alarm systems but do not arm them because it is inconvenient. Many burglars know this and will not be deterred by a window sticker or sign indicating that the home has an alarm system.
- If your alarm system is not working - contact an alarm company to repair your alarm system. Aid Security repairs a wide range of alarm systems - call today and see what we can do for you.
If Your Home Is Broken Into:
- If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door: Do not enter - the burglar may still be inside.
- Use a neighbor's phone or your mobile to call the Gardai.
- Do not touch anything or clean up until the Gardai have inspected for evidence.
- Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles. Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
Other precautions you should take:
- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places -- burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters.
- Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
- Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.
- Be a good neighbour. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, call Gardai immediately.
- Mark your valuables with your driver's license number. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for Gardai to recover.
- Form a Neighborhood Watch Group.
- Consider installing a burglar alarm system.
Car Burglaries Tips on how to avoid car break-ins:
- Do not leave valuables in plain view: (GPS devices, lap tops, PDA’s, cell phones, MP3’s, wallets, purses).
- Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
- Do not leave doors unlocked.
- Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
- Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
- Do not leave out items with personal information.
- Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.
Contact Aidan today for security alarm advice & a quote - 087 9315283