Now that summer is finally here I am sure most of you are happy and excited. Thieves are happy and excited too as summer makes it easy for them to apply their unwanted skills to our homes and businesses.
As is normal in summer it is very warm and as most of us live in homes that do not have aircon, we like to keep our windows and doors wide open to let in the fresh breezy air coming in from the coast at Felixstowe and up the River Orwell.
Mr Burglar takes this as an open invitation to go and treat your house as a car boot sale. Not because they will just walk in, but more due to the fact that when we go out to the shops or go into the garden we forget to close the windows or lock the back door. All they need is one point of entry and 20 seconds later your games console or expensive hi-fi or entertainment centre has gone along with all of nans’ precious gold.
If you have a home security or alarm in place that warns you if you leave windows or doors open then you are lucky but what do you do if you do not have such a system?
Paul has compiled a handy checklist for you to look through to keep you safer through the summer:
- When you go out check all the doors and windows are closed and latched correctly. If you have door bolts, then use them, along with any security chains.
- Check that any dark areas are well lit if its in the evening. Light areas deter burglars.
- Set the house alarm if you have one.
- Buy a small safe and put your spare keys,