Even though we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic and that the large majority of us are spending more time at home than we usually would, keeping on top of our home security is a must as you can never be too safe. Just when you believe that your home is safe from outsiders, all it takes is for one opportunist to spy their moment and strike.
When we are at home, we feel at our safest. This is the place that no one can harm us as it is our haven away from the dangers of the outside world. When that barrier is broken, though, and someone has broken into your property – even if you were not present at the time – that security vanishes. Your personal space has been invaded and you just feel dirty and violated. It is a feeling that no one should have to feel.
The Steps You Can Take
There are several steps that you can implement to safeguard your property, helping to keep it safe from burglars and other opportunists. The most basic of which is to install CCTV cameras on your property as the simple presence of a camera will be enough to deter most petty thieves. This is why many homeowners opt for dummy cameras they can install onto the exterior of the home in full view of passers-by.
Of course, top of the range CCTV systems do not come cheap and if you are interested in anything along the same lines as the level of security you would expect to find in a retail store, you will easily be looking at four-figure prices. If this is something you can afford for your private residence, then great, but it probably will not be a necessity.
As well as cameras, another popular form of security are lights that automatically turn on when someone comes within the vicinity of the property. This means that at night, when cameras may not be in view to deter opportunists, the sudden shining of a bright light may startle someone who is up to no good. This is because, as well as putting them on show, there is the chance that the shining of the light could alert either the homeowner or neighbors to their presence. In this case, they should leave the area.
Alarms are the other highly popular form of security, but are usually only called into action once a trespasser has either attempted to break an entry or is already on the property. Whereas cameras and lights act more as deterrents, alarms are almost your last line of defense against a break-in. While the damage may already be done to the property, such as a smashed window or broken down (any sign of a forced entry), an alarm will alert both the homeowner, neighbors, and the authorities that something is amiss. This will almost certainly mean that they won’t remain in the property for too long, therefore helping to keep your most valuable possessions safe from theft.
In the case of alarms, however, you must be careful to ensure that they are not regularly set off accidentally as this will make them far less effective when it comes to alerting yourself and neighbors, who could believe it to be a false alarm. This can quickly become a nuisance to neighbors if your alarm is regularly set off when they are trying to sleep in the middle of the night.
What Are the Odds of Being Burgled?
The odds of being a victim of burglary are higher than you might think, with five burglaries occurring for every 1,000 people in the United Kingdom. That means that every household has a 2.35% chance (one in 43) of being burgled every year.
Thirty-four burglaries occur every hour, equating to one every 106 seconds or 817 every day. That may not seem like a lot, but when you break it down the chances of you becoming a victim of burglary can be quite scary – certainly enough to make you consider investing in security for your property, safeguarding those who you live with.
This is especially true when you consider that 63% of those burglaries happen to households without some basic level of security and that 77% of people with a security system installed have not been burgled. Statistically speaking, you are far safer with even basic security, even something as basic as a security light acting as a deterrent, than if you have no security whatsoever.
Don’t Take the Chance
It isn’t worth taking the chance when it comes to the safety of your home and family. Investing in security will help to keep you, your family and your possessions safe from opportunistic thieves that don’t have a single care for the pain and suffering they cause.