Hamish’s been trying front doors and he’s just found an unlocked one.
Lock the door? Sounds like a silly question but many people don’t and as a result it’s open season for Hamish.
Since many house breakers are opportunist thieves, taking this simple step can significantly reduce the chances of your home being broken into.
Consider locking doors and windows when you’re in the house or just out in the garden. Once they are inside, thieves work fast so they don’t need long.
Keep your keys out of sight Once Hamish is inside he doesn’t want to spend long there. He’s going to get the smallest, highest value goods and get out. He looks around quickly and spots a coatrack. His hand goes to the inside pocket and he smiles. Car keys.
Somewhere deeper in the house a chair is moved. Startled, Hamish decides it’s time for a sharp exit. He’s not a big guy and he didn’t come here for a fight. Having acquired the main thing he was looking for, it’s time to go.
A lot of recent house breakings in Scotland have involved the theft of cars in this way. It’s very hard to steal a modern car without the keys so you make things a lot more difficult for the likes of Hamish by keeping your car keys far away from the front door.
Make your house look occupied Let’s go back a few steps.
Though he got it wrong in this case, Hamish targets houses that he thinks are likely to be unoccupied. Certain things are a dead giveaway. Curtains closed or drawn from day to night tell him that those people may be on holiday but he’s also looking at the lights. At night the house with no lights on sticks out. That one’s been dark two nights in a row he notes. “Probably just left for the holidays.”
Making your house look occupied and so less inviting to the likes of Hamish doesn’t have to be hard work. Many neighbourhood watches arrange to park in each other’s driveways or take in each other’s mail.
Advanced Home Security If you’re looking at the next level of security and considering a security alarm or other special security product make sure to look for products that have been endorsed by Secured for Design (SBD).
Mark or take photos of three of your valuables. Better still arrange a property marking for your neighbourhood watch.There are many products which can be used to mark your property. This helps deter thieves and aid in the recovery of property. Putting your postcode and house number on possessions is the cheapest option but there are companies that provide other solutions.