Crime costs more than just money. Did you know that crime produces more than 12.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year? That’s around 2% of the UK’s entire CO2 output.
Those affected by crime often suffer a great deal of stress and trauma. Brodco is a member of Secured by Design (SBD), which offers this advice to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
The Burglar’s Point of View
Most burglars are opportunists. They will attack a home when they think they will get away with it. When the lights are off and they can’t see any sign of security, they are far more likely to break in.
Try looking at your home from a burglar’s point of view. Could you get in if you lost your keys? Check for areas where they could enter without being seen or making a lot of noise.
Never let anybody into your home without first asking to see his or her identification. Make sure you can see it without opening the door by using a window or spy hole.
The most common way for a burglar to enter your home is through the door. Make sure that your door and its frame are in good repair and the entire door set is SBD approved.
If you have sliding doors, the sliding door should be fitted on the inside. It should have a multi-point locking system and anti-lift devices fitted. If your sliding door is on the outside, fit anti-lift blocks and extra locks at the top and bottom.
Windows are the most common point of entry after doors. If a window can be reached from outside, it should have a key-operated lock, unless the window is a fire exit in which case it should be laminated. Remember to keep the window keys out of sight, and never leave them in the locks.
Fences should be 2 metres high with locking gates. You can also deter thieves by laying gravel that is noisy to walk on and planting prickly bushes along boundaries. Keep all trees and plants well trimmed so there are less places to hide, and don’t allow any to provide a way of climbing up to windows. Never leave ladders outside.
A secure shed is crucial: if a burglar breaks into your shed, they can use your tools to enter your house. The DaylightSecure Max is the only garden shed recommended by Secured by Design.
If you have any other shed, keep it well maintained and fit good quality locks, hasps and hinges to minimise risk.
If you have a garage with an inside door that connects to your house, make sure it is always locked as a thief could enter and work on the door without being seen.
Mark your belongings to deter burglars, assist the police to return stolen items to you and to prosecute offenders. Keep a record of the make, model and serial numbers where possible and take photographs of other valuable items. Destroy any documents containing personal data properly.
On your computer, back up personal data regularly and keep it away from the device. Some things can never be replaced.
Security lights and visible alarm systems can be effective deterrents. Use efficient low-energy lights on timers or motion detectors, and ensure they are out of reach of burglars and don’t annoy neighbours.