In an ideal world, burglars don’t exist, and homeowners don’t have to worry about a criminal breaking into their property and stealing their personal valuables. Yes, an ‘ideal’ world, not to be confused with the world that we actually live in…
In 2021/21 there were over 267 thousand burglaries in England and Wales, so there’s certainly a chance that it could happen to you one day. It’s not a nice thought, but don’t worry too much. There are steps you can take to ensure that your personal valuables are safe when your home is vacant.
Get clever with hiding spots
This might be an obvious statement, but you really shouldn’t leave your valuable items in plain sight if you’re leaving your home empty for a length of time. Leaving that expensive watch on the windowsill probably isn’t the brightest idea, and your car keys absolutely shouldn’t be on a table right beside your front door.
Instead, why not get crafty and utilise these clever suggestions…
Children’s bedroom – The next time you’re leaving your house and would like to protect that valuable item, consider putting it somewhere in your child’s bedroom. Not only are burglars less likely to enter in fear it’ll be a waste of time (children don’t own anything of any value, do they?!), but one previous offender even said that he never entered children’s bedrooms or playrooms when they broke into homes, calling it an ‘unwritten rule’.
The loft – It’s extremely unlikely that a burglar would risk looking in your loft as it takes up significant time and they could end up getting trapped there if you were to unexpectedly come home. That’s why, if you’re leaving your house and want to keep something safe, consider popping it up there.
Kitchen cupboard – The kitchen cupboard is teeming with items in various shapes, colours, and sizes. That being said, if your item is small enough, you could pop it in the likes of a coffee pot or cereal box. It’s genius!
Get CCTV cameras in place
If a burglar does gain access into your home and is on the lookout for those valuables, wouldn’t it be good if you caught them on camera doing it? It’s fundamental that, in 2021, you have CCTV cameras in place – just in case. If you’re looking for CCTV installers in Durham or elsewhere in the North East, CDS Security & Fire have years of experience and only the best products.
Make your items traceable
Let’s imagine that the burglar has gained access, found your precious items, and escaped with them. What can you do next? Well, if they’re traceable, it means that they’re not gone forever. And breathe…
To make this happen, all you need to do is write your name and postcode on the item using a UV pen. The criminal won’t be able to see it, but the police sure will. That way, if the likes of an expensive necklace or mobile phone was taken by a thief and they attempted to sell it on, it can be traced back to you.
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