Keeping Your Home Secured

With the lovely hot weather we are having at the moment, and the summer holidays fast approaching, we should all be taking a few minutes to look at our home security. Criminal Law Solicitors – DPP are currently running a campaign on home security tips, and I am very happy to be able to bring you my tips and personal experience of why we should all take a few minutes to look at our own home security.

Photo by Tarik Haiga on Unsplash

I have been unlucky to have been broken into the last time was awful, we had been out at friends for the day, my Husband dropped me and my Daughter who was about 6/7 years old at home as he was popping out to see someone.  I walked in saying to my Daughter I will just let the dogs out and then go and get her in the shower.  I walked through and noticed the television at an angle on the wall, which was strange, but one of those things you don’t take in properly.  Then I realised the computer had gone, I looked in our other room and tv and laptops etc had gone.  My Daughter realised something was wrong and clung to my hand, upstairs was a tip.  I rang my husband and the police.  We had two dogs as well but were told they had obviously fed them to make friends with them.  The worst thing about it was, it was the day before my birthday and had taken all my cards and presents.  The police came and we were told to try not to touch anything and they would be back in the morning.  Found out they got in through the kitchen window and through using their dusting could identify the shoe size and make.  After they had gone I had the lovely job of cleaning every inch of our house.

So when leaving our house now, we go through everywhere thoroughly.

  • Make sure all windows are shut securely
  • Make sure all doors are locked
  • Do not leave valuables ie laptops on display

Since our break in we have also installed a security camera, where during the day it will talk to anyone it picks up on camera, warning that they are being recorded by a security camera, and at night will light up our garden like Wembley Stadium. Plus we have two much younger dogs who might not be so easily won over by a bit of food, like our other elderly dogs.

Photo by Arnel Hasanovic on Unsplash

If you are going away be careful of how you countdown to your holiday

  • Do not countdown on social media, one of the easiest ways for someone to know your house is going to be empty is to share it on Facebook
  • Do not order any parcels to be delivered just before you go away and have a parcel sitting on your doorstep
  • Ask someone you trust to pop in to pick up any post so it is not sitting there piling up and to open or close curtains

Since our break in we have made our home as secure as we possibly can

  • Replace old windows and make sure they are locked
  • Security camera
  • Replaced front and back doors

 

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8 Comments

  1. 15th July 2018 / 5:17 pm

    This has defiantly got me thinking about my own home as we travel a lot x

    • 15th July 2018 / 7:36 pm

      It is something we are more aware of since being burgled, even recently we were out for the night and my parents were home looking after our Daughter, the dog started barking but they couldnt see anything and next morning saw that the recycling boxes had been moved to be a step so obviously someone had been watching

  2. 17th July 2018 / 10:47 am

    I always go overboard to make sure everything is secure when I am travelling.I also make sure that my social media is restricted as it is another way people will know you are always and maybe try to break in. Luckily I have made a point to make sure i have content insurance so if the worse every happens I can replace my items

    • 18th July 2018 / 3:27 pm

      It is best to forward think and make sure you are as prepared as well as you can be for when you are away, we were only out for the day when we were burgled.

  3. 20th July 2018 / 9:39 pm

    We were recently broken in to which was horrible, sokehelpful tips here to help

    • 20th July 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Oh no, am so sorry, it is one of the worst feelings ever, the worst thing for me was the fact a stranger had been in my house rummaging through my personal things x

  4. 22nd July 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Its a horrible feeling finding that your home has been ransacked and I am sure you all felt violated as well. So sorry to hear about your presents too. These are great tips which you have shared here.

    • 22nd July 2018 / 10:50 pm

      It is a horrible feeling and felt awful at the time. I always have to make sure the house is secure before we go out x

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