While it’s not always possible to prevent a crime, most of us can take some precautions to protect our homes and businesses from security threats, including trespassers and burglars.
Remember that most burglaries are opportunistic, which means that burglars look for those properties that are easily accessed and unsecured.
In fact, according to recent data, it takes under 5 minutes for 75% of burglars to enter a property.
This is why securing your property is the best thing you can to deter burglars and protect yourself from becoming a victim of opportunistic crime.
Here are our top security tips for keeping yourself, your family, and your business safe from crime.
Keep doors and windows locked
It might sound obvious, but many people don’t make sure that their doors and windows are locked – especially overnight or while the house is empty.
Take the time to check all of your windows once in a while, and incorporate locking the doors into your routine every night before bed.
Don’t keep keys outside your property
No matter how good you think your hiding place is, it’s not worth the risk.
All a potential thief would have to do is watch you for a day or two to know where you hide your spare key.
If you really want to, you could leave a spare key with a neighbour or close friend instead.
Installing CCTV is a great way to deter burglar and also increase the likelihood that, if you do become a victim of burglary or another crime, the perpetrator is caught.
Another simple option is to install false CCTV cameras; while these don’t actually record, they may be enough to put opportunistic criminals off your property.
Protect valuables in a safe
By keeping valuables like jewellery or other important items such as passports and documents in a safe, you can protect yourself even in the event that a burglary does take place.
You might even be able to lower your insurance costs by installing a safe in your home.
Use a security alarm system
Security alarm systems these days don’t have to cost a small fortune.
There is a range of options out there from alarm systems which record footage to those which simply emit bright light and noise.
The truth is that any alarm system like this will put off the majority of burglars and thieves.
Keep entrances well-lit
By ensuring you have bright lighting near entrances and porches and installing flood-lights near doors, you can put off burglars looking for an easy way to slip into someone’s house unnoticed.
Keep valuables out of sight
Going back to the idea that most crimes are opportunistic, it’s a good idea to keep valuables out of sight.
This means not leaving expensive items – phones, laptops, tablets, or jewellery – in plain sight, for example in a car, or near windows.
This could be the motivation that a criminal passing by needs to make your property their next target.
Follow these simple tips and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
For more advice or to discuss your security needs with our experienced and friendly professionals, get in touch with us today.
Don’t forget we offer “No Interest Ever” terms on purchasing either a Security Alarm Systems or CCTV system, including installation.
Finance is available for purchases between $500 to $4500.
When you need top notch security for your business or home, you need to call us at Protection Plus Security NQ.
We are the largest locally owned security provider in North Queensland with branch offices in Townsville and Cairns.