In 2021, more than 267,000 burglaries were reported in the UK. If you’re worried about the security of your home, there are a few steps you can take to improve security as well as deter intruders from trying to enter your property, and you don’t have to spend a fortune either.
67% of burglaries happen on a spur of the moment decision where intruders take opportunities such as an unlocked door or open window to gain access to your property. However, simple steps and even visual cues can help to put burglars off and make them think twice before trying to break into your home.
Here are our top nine burglar deterrents for 2022:
1. Get a burglar alarm
According to the police, 84% of burglars avoid any home with a visible security system such as a burglar alarm. So, if you’re trying to put intruders off, alarm systems that will go off and alert everyone in the area to a problem are the perfect solution.
Even just the sight of a burglar alarm can put burglars off so, if you can’t afford a real one, a dummy one can also act as a deterrent too. However, if a burglar decides to take a chance anyway and they force entry through a door and no alarm goes off, they’ll know pretty quickly that it’s not real and will continue. A burglar alarm going off can alert you of a potential intruder while you’re at home but it can also act as a signal to neighbours that something is wrong so they can let you know when you’re not at home or alert the police.
2. Install CCTV
Alongside a burglar alarm, a CCTV system can be one of the best home security deterrents so it’s no wonder so many homeowners are now installing them. Visible security cameras can reduce the chances of your home being targeted and, if your home is burgled, your home security camera footage can be used as evidence and to catch the criminals.
Think about the most vulnerable areas of your home such as doors or windows that are hidden from street view and consider installing CCTV cameras to cover these areas. Smartphone CCTV cameras are now available which allow you to monitor your home from anywhere. This means you can keep an eye on your property and alert police if you see any unusual activity.
At Home CCTV, our team are experts in installing Home CCTV systems and will work with you to find the right solution for your home.
3. Secure windows and doors
Research has revealed that 4% of people never lock their home up when they go out but doors and windows are the most popular entry points for burglars. Especially opportunists who try front doors to see if they’re unlocked.
To prevent thieves from trying to gain access to your home, make sure your windows and doors are closed and locked, especially when you’re not at home. Many people leave doors unlocked when they are at home but, with 64.1% of attempted and successful burglaries taking place when someone is at home, it’s important to lock your doors. Leaving windows open in the summer can also attract burglars to your home who are looking to get in and out as quickly as possible.
It’s not just your front door you need to worry about, think about all of the doors that provide access to your home and think about how secure they are. You may also want to consider:
- The back door
- Garage doors
- Patio doors
- Garden gates
- Garden shed
Lighting is an extremely important tool when it comes to home security. Both motion activated lights and street lights can act as a useful deterrent. Whether you install motion activated lights or leave the TV on while you’re not at home, lighting can be an effective yet low cost way to put criminals off.
61% of burglaries take place after 6pm so, particularly during the winter, motion sensor lights can turn on as intruders enter your property, attracting attention to them which may cause them to flee. Lighting doesn’t leave anywhere for burglars who would rather remain undetected to hide.
In addition to outdoor lights, you can also put indoor lights on timers. This can make burglars who are watching your neighbourhood think you’re at home which can be a deterrent. If you vary the timing of the lighting so it comes on at random times, it can be harder for burglars to work out whether you have a routine and to work out what times you may be at home. If you go on holiday, you should leave lights on a timer too so it’s not too obvious that you’re not there.
5. Check you have the right locks installed
Make sure all of your downstairs or easily accessible windows and door have the right locks installed. Windows should have working window locks and downstairs windows should be locked when you’re not at home or when you’re in bed at night. Your door locks should meet British Standard 3621, a standard set by the British Standards Institute (BSI) for thief resistant locks.
Having the right locks installed and doors and windows locked can also have an impact on your home insurance policy. If they’re left open or the locks aren’t good enough, it can mean you won’t be able to make a claim if your home is broken into.
Deadbolt locks can also prevent intruders from getting into your home and will force burglars to spend more time on your property, increasing the likelihood they’ll be disturbed or caught before they’ve finished gaining access.
6. Check back garden security
The back garden is a great place for burglars to gain entry to your home because they’re less likely to be seen than round the front. Especially as this is often the home to glass patio doors which can be easier to break into. You can make it harder for potential intruders to get in by adding bolts to any side gates you have which means they’ll have to climb over to gain access. Make fences higher with trellis or put prickly bushes around fences to make it even more difficult. Be careful where you put your wheelie bin too as they act as great hop ups for burglars to get over gates or fences.
7. Get a dog (or a beware of the dog sign)
The sound of a barking dog can be a huge deterrent to a burglar who is trying to enter your property without alerting anyone. Even if you don’t have a dog, you could try and convince potential intruders that you do by putting up a beware of the dog sign on a gate or in a window. If you don’t have a dog, this isn’t a completely foolproof solution but it can make burglars think twice before trying to access your property.
8. Add gravel to your driveway
Most burglars want to stay quiet and remain undetected so making it as difficult as possible for them to do this is likely to deter them. Gravel is noisy when you step on it and there’s no way to avoid making a sound. This might just be enough to put an opportunist off if they think they’re going to be caught.
9. Hide keys
Make sure you don’t leave your door keys in the lock or hanging on a hook near the door. If burglars can see your keys and they’re easy for them to get to, it increases the chances of them being able to get into your home without attracting too much attention. This includes leaving a key in a safe place for a family member or in case you get locked out.
If you need to leave keys outside your property, a key safe is the best option, especially for vulnerable people who may need carers or others to have access to their home.
Burglar proofing your home can help to prevent break ins and provide extra peace of mind that your home and family will be safe both when you’re at home and when you’re not there. Simple steps can act to deter burglars and reduce the chances of burglars targeting your property.
We hope you have found this information useful but, if you’d like to install a CCTV system for your home, please request a quote for your home.