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The top 5 best burglary deterrents

Burglaries are often crimes of opportunity. Thieves do not typically spend weeks ‘casing’ your home before they strike. Rather, they will be walking by and will take note of homes that look vulnerable. A lack of maintenance, or an obvious point of entry, or an area that is out of sight are all reasons why a burglar may pick your home for a break in.

With this in mind, one of the best lines of defence is to invest in are clear and visible deterrents that deter a burglar for seeking his moment to sneak inside. In this post, we take a look at the top 5 deterrents to keep your home safe.

Security gates

Although you might ordinarily associate a security gate with businesses, they are available in a number of styles that are more appropriate for residences. Nothing says that you take your security seriously like an imposing, remote-controlled security gate. Any visitor to your home will need to communicate with you first before even reaching the front door.

In addition, a burglar who sees a security gate will also suspect there are other security measures in place – making them think twice about trying to break in.

Alarm

Sometimes, people decide to save money by installing a fake alarm box. This is intended to give a home the appearance of being protected without actually securing it. Unfortunately, alarm boxes are targeted by thieves. If you fail to regularly clean your fake alarm box, a thief will suspect it’s either fake or deactivated.

In any case, a burglar may try to smash your box as it is – if they discover it is fake they will not hesitate in breaking in. It’s best to invest properly in a high-quality alarm as part of an integrated security system. Even if a burglar is able to successfully break it, a number of measures are in place to make sure your system still does its job (including technology like Redcare).

Motion-activated security lights

Thieves like to do their business out of sight. What better way to drive them off than with some motion-activated security lights? Co-op insurance explains:

“Unsurprisingly, criminals don’t like attracting unwanted attention. Thus, if you can gain attention at the point of thieves approaching your property, you are more likely to keep it safe. Lighting has proven to be an effective tool in home security: both motion activated lights and street lights act as useful deterrents. Unfortunately, only 24 per cent of UK adults say that they have motion activation lights installed – which highlights a great risk.”

This technology has been around for a while, but it still produces excellent results. Like security gates, not only do they deter thieves, they are also suggestive of a more comprehensive approach to security.

Strong doors and windows

Burglars don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to kick in a door or break a window – both of these efforts will produce too much noise and attract attention. It’s a simple deterrent but a very useful one – a strong, modern set of doors and windows (with locks) will prevent most burglars from even making an attempt to break in.

CCTV

The best deterrent is that posed by CCTV cameras, for two main reasons. The first is that regulations require you to post a notice telling people they are being recorded if your camera captures images of a public area. Letting burglars know that their likenesses are on tape is sure to put them off a break-in attempt because of the second reason, the police can use CCTV images to track down thieves and bring them to justice. It’s relatively difficult for police to catch burglars, and although it does happen, it’s a lot easier when they know who they’re looking for.