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.
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.
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