Most brake ins are committed by opportunist burglars. In 8 out of 10 brake ins they don’t even have to use force – they get in through an open door or window. Look at your property through the burglar’s eyes – are there places where they could break in unnoticed? Have you fitted substantial locks on your doors and windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?
Reduce the risk of brake in happening to you by making sure you’ve taken these simple precautions.
For a relatively small outlay you could make your property more secure and buy peace of mind into the bargain.
A third of burglars get in through a rear window, easily visible locks may deter some burglars, because a window lock forces the thief to break the glass and risk attracting attention. DIY shops sell inexpensive key-operated locks to fit all kinds of different windows.
Even small windows such as skylights or bathroom fanlights need locks – an opportunist thief can get through any gap larger than a human head.
If you are replacing windows – consider laminated glass, its a lot tougher and harder to penetrate.
Install key-operated window locks to all downstairs windows, those which can’t be seen from the street and easily accessible upstairs window, eg. Those above a flat roof or by a drainpipe.
Louvre windows are especially vulnerable because the slats can be removed easily from the frame. Glue the slats in place with a strong glue, and fit a purpose made louver lock. Better still replace them with fixed glazed panels.
As a last resort, consider fitting steel security grilles to vulnerable windows – many DIY shops now sell decorative wrought iron grilles,or you can get them made to measure by a specialist company
Remember to remove keys from locked windows and to keep them out of sight of any would be thieves.
Security advice courtesy of GA Alarms
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