The good news is that there are plenty of simple, low-cost steps you can take to greatly reduce your chance of getting burgled. Remember, it’s all about making your home a harder target to break into than other people’s. Most burglars enter via a garage door, back door, kitchen or bedroom window. Burglar-proof these and you’ll significantly improve your chances of never suffering from a break-in.
1. Door locks Have key-operated two-cylinder deadlocks fitted to all external hinged doors. A quality knob-inlock set will have a ‘dead latch’ mechanism to stop burglars using a credit card to open it.
While looking at external doors, you may also want to check that they are solid and robust. If not, perhaps you should replace them, or add a security screen. You may also want to consider fitting a wide angle peephole on your front door.
2. Sliding doors A favourite point of entry for burglars! Fit key-operated locks or patio bolts to all external sliding doors, such as patio/veranda doors.
Sliding doors can also be made more secure by inserting a wood or metal dowel into the track to limit movement.
3. Windows An open window, visible from the street, may be the only reason that your home is chosen by a burglar. Ground floor windows are more susceptible for obvious reasons.
Make sure you have a security grill, security screen or burglar bars applied to all accessible windows, or alternatively have key-operated single cylinder window locks fitted.
4. Warning stickers Place highly visible stickers on or near front doors and windows, which indicate an alarm system, dog or membership of neighbourhood watch. Your local police station should have an anti-crime adviser who can help provide these.