There have recently been a number of thefts in the Guiseley area where burglars have identified an opportunity to steal peoples belongings quickly and easily. Two examples of these thefts in the area are as follows:-
1) A lady had her handbag stolen from her home at 10:30 in the morning – her front door was unlocked! The intruder must have simply tried their luck to see if it was open and seized the opportunity to get inside and see what they could take. Or perhaps they saw her handbag through the window and simply walked in to take it?
2) £7,000 worth of Yorkshire stone roof tiles were stolen from the top of some scaffolding which surrounded a residents’ property. The stone tiles were stolen on a day or evening when the residents were away, which poses the question, were they being watched? In order to steal so much stone, which cannot be moved easily, a vehicle must have been used. How did nobody hear or see anything?
Thefts like this are very common but there are a number of steps that you can take in order to protect your home and your belongings, some of which won’t cost you anything and some that will cost you money but it’s worth the investment when you consider the value of your home and your belongings.
- Keep your front and back doors locked at all times.
- Keep your downstairs windows locked in all rooms unless you are present in the room where the window is open.
- Keep all valuables i.e. handbags, mobile phones, iPads, iPods, money, laptops etc out of sight. (Even if your doors are locked, don’t give burglars a reason to come back or try and force entry.)
- Don’t leave car keys where burglars can see them. It is quite common in cases of car theft that an opportunist has spotted the car keys in a property and walked in and taken them and then driven off in the car – you might not even be covered by your insurance company if this happens.
- Never leave you door keys in sight or in the door, burglars have been known to use magnets and fishing rods to get the keys through the letterbox.
- Install security lighting to the outside of your property, this will prevent burglars from having the cover of darkness if they approach your property. Ensure that this is fitted out of easy to reach height.
- Install CCTV if you want to enhance the physical security of your home. This can be a deterrent for burglars and if it doesn’t deter them then it should catch them in action.
- Install a burglar alarm. Ensure that you get one with the added feature that chimes each time the front and/or back door is opened. Although the burglar alarm will only be set at night time or when you are away, this added feature will ensure that you can always hear when someone is coming in and out of the property.
- Familiarise yourself with your neighbours and keep a look out for any suspicious people or vehicles hanging around. Ask your neighbours to do the same. Join your local neighbourhood watch – it all helps in the protection of you property.
We hope that you find this useful. If you need any advice or information on securing your home please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.14th August 2012