Nobody wants to become a victim of crime, but unfortunately there are criminals who want to steal from our home, take our car and free us of our personal possessions.
Although we would not be prepared for these situations there are a few precautions we can take.
In and around the home:-
Always keep all doors and windows locked, be certain to double check at night also to keep gates shut and locked to prevent intruders having access to the back of the house.
Invest in good quality doors and ensure that you have anti-snap locks fitted. This includes sliding patio doors .Make it difficult and time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.
If you hear dogs barking and loud noises such as breaking glass do not investigate yourself
call the police. If you return home and discover a door or window has been forced do not go in alone call the police.
Do not open the door when the bell rings or someone knocks the door, without identifying the person first. A door view is a good idea for identifying visitors.
If a stranger asks to use your telephone, do not let them in instead offer to call someone for them if it is an emergency.
Never hide a key over a doorframe, under a doormat or in a flowerpot. Thieves know all the good hiding places.
Do not put valuables where they can be seen from the window especially items that could be easily carried away.
Be sure your garage door is locked as many have door access into the home.
Do not keep large amounts of cash in the home or really valuable jewellery. invest in a safe.
Do not leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break into your home locked away in a garage or shed.
Use markers on valuables such as televisions cameras etc to identify them should they be recovered following burglary. Also take photographs of valuable items and keep in a safe place to aid in making an insurance claim.
It is also a good idea to have a burglar alarm fitted and good security lighting to deter burglars from attempting to burgle your home.
Children who hold keys to your house should be advised how to look after them securely
and if lost locks should be replaced as a matter of course to protect your property.
Outside the home and on holiday.
Try to carry a mobile phone at all times for use in an emergency, ensure that the battery is always charged or mostly charged.
Watch out for people loitering and do not carry large sums of money.
Do not carry anything more valuable than you can afford to lose in a handbag.Leave unnecessary credit cards at home and distribute items such as keys, driving licence, passport and money
etc in an inside coat pocket or concealed on your person to avoid large losses.
Beware of people who ask directions and keep a polite but safe distance.
If your bag is stolen with identification documents and keys. Contact a locksmith immediately to ensure the safety of yourself and your property.
Be careful in restaurants, clubs and restrooms keep your bag and valuables as close as possible and do not leave them unattended. Someone could remove money keys and
find your address from a driving licence and have burgled your home, before you realise the keys have been taken.