With more families than ever before facing job losses or reductions in income, this has resulted in cases of burglary increasing sharply over the past few months. As such, it’s become more important than ever to make your entire property – not just your home – as difficult as possible for would-be burglars to access. Below are a few ways in which this can be done.
1. Have Perimeter Beams Installed
This is by far one of the best ways to provide your entire property with the protection it needs against unlawful entry and burglary.
Perimeter beams work by activating your home alarm as soon as a would-be burglar gains access to your yard and breaks the beam by passing through it. In most cases, the noise of a perimeter beam being activated is enough to send trespassers running because they usually don’t want to advertise the fact that they are entering a property without the owner’s permission.
In cases where you have pets that spend time outdoors, you’ll need to inform your security company so that the appropriate beams can be installed. These days, options are available that will not activate unless the beam is broken by something that is over a certain size or weight limit.
2. Don’t Instagram those Vacation Shots
Over the past few years, it’s become popular practice for homeowners to publicly advertise the fact to friends and family that they will be going away during some parts of the year. However, it’s crucial to remember that would-be burglars are also social media savvy and this means that you’re potentially also letting total strangers know that your property will be standing vacant for a few days or weeks.
While it’s fun to share vacation photos from your current destination, it will be far safer to upload these online once you and your family are safely back home again. Keep in mind as well that many insurance providers will no longer pay out for burglary-related claims if they discover that you’ve advertised the fact on social media that you’ll be leaving your home standing vacant.
3. Ensure Sheds and Outbuildings are Protected
Homeowners often think it isn’t necessary to lock sheds and other outside buildings, especially if they aren’t visible from outside the property. However, if these buildings are secluded at the back of your property, it provides the perfect spot for a burglar to poke around without being noticed immediately. Outbuildings usually also have items such as ladders that can be used to gain access to higher windows that may have been left open as well.
Always ensure that outbuilding doors are locked and windows securely latched whenever they aren’t being used.
Getting to know your neighbors is also a great way to ensure that everyone keeps a lookout for anyone in the area that may not belong there as well. If you would like to add perimeter beams to your existing home alarm system or have a complete new system installed, contact us today to set up an appointment.