Since the pandemic began, many burglars have probably had one simple reason above all not to target your home: you were likely to be in it when they wanted to burgle it! However, as COVID-related restrictions have lifted, burglars are likely to have picked up in their activity.
Fortunately, you could utilise straightforward measures to make your home look less inviting to thieves – and who better to consult about what would deter burglars than, well, former burglars?
Locked doors and windows
Keeping doors and windows locked sounds simple, but many households have surprisingly failed to do it on a routine basis. Co-op Insurance surveyed 2,000 people in the UK about their home’s security and found that 24% of respondents left their doors unlocked while at home.
However, in a separate survey of ex-burglars, the insurance company found that locked uPVC windows were among the likeliest things to have put them off breaking into homes.
Drawn curtains or blinds
“The first thing a burglar will do is check the front of your property – if your windows aren’t obscured they know you don’t care very much about security,” one former burglar Michael Fraser has explained to Ideal Home.
He added: “Always leave your blinds down when you’re out of the house to prevent people from seeing what’s inside.” Judging from research mentioned by the Guardian, items you should be especially careful to conceal include cash, jewellery and tech hardware like phones and laptops.
What’s the most effective deterrent for home burglaries? According to Co-op Insurance’s research, it’s the simple presence of a CCTV camera.
If a CCTV camera seems slightly too technical a solution for you, rest assured that you can arrange for a security company to install and set it up for you. Consider the example of CDS Security & Fire, which is ready to install CCTV cameras at homes throughout North East England.
Motion-activated security lights
A CCTV security system isn’t the only thing that could detect suspicious movement outside your abode, as motion-activated security lights covering your home’s outdoor areas could do likewise.
Dr Claire Nee, a forensic psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, tells the Telegraph that outdoor sensor lights like these would prevent burglars from being able to snoop about in shadows when approaching your door.
Former bank robber Noel “Razor” Smith notes: “Most burglars want to be in and out of a house in less than five minutes.” Therefore, if they struggle to figure out how they could elude security lighting, they could easily be inclined to move onto a different house.
Interior lighting left on at night
This thoroughly tried-and-trusted deterrent works simply because it makes the home look as though someone is in it.
You might even be willing to go as far as implementing smart lighting, where you would be able to switch your home’s lighting on and off even while away from the property, such as when on holiday. Alternatively, you could pre-program the lights to switch between on and off at specific times.