Keep It Protected! – NHSM Week 3

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Think about what means most to you.  Perhaps your laptop holds precious pictures of family, or you have items of jewellery that have been passed down through generations. These items undoubtedly have much more than just monetary value to you, so it’s important to keep them protected at all times, along with other items of high value in your home.

Secure what’s important to you…
Computers, cash, electrical goods and jewellery are among the most commonly stolen items in domestic burglaries. To protect these valuable items, make sure that they are never left in view, and make sure that any windows, doors or cat flaps (if you have one) are locked at all times when not in use. 

Another good idea is to keep valuables (like car keys!) away from the front door, where burglars can use crafty techniques such as ‘fishing’ to retrieve them through your letter box. And, for additional peace of mind, store valuable items and important/confidential documents in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor or wall; this will also help to protect you from Identity Theft.

Burglar Alarms
If you haven’t already  got one, you should give serious consideration to having a
home alarm system installed. This would mean that if there is a break in, you can be notified straight away, and the police can be dispatched if necessary. Intruder Alarms also act as a great visual deterrent, with 63% of burglars saying that they would avoid targeting an alarmed home all together. 

If you’ve already got an alarm system in your home, remember to check it regularly and keep it properly maintained to ensure that you’re still getting the most from it. Remember that the average life span of an alarm system is around 10-15 years, so if yours is this age or older, it may be time to consider an upgrade!

 Social Media

Facebook Status about going on holidayModern day burglars are turning increasingly to social media channels such as Facebook & Twitter in order to determine who and when to burglarise.  They use it to figure out your schedule and whereabouts, and even to eye up your possessions from a safe location.

An advanced search on a social media platform can be used to target people that are likely to be away from home…

A criminal can search for people ‘checking in’ at the local airport, and check the feed periodically to look for new victims. For this reason, you should be very careful about what you post if you are ‘checking in’ somewhere that might lead someone to believe that you are going away from home. Never post pictures of your new gadgets or gizmos, and make sure that you don’t ever share your personal information. 

Click here for more information about how burglars are using Social Media

If you’d like more advice on keeping your home and valuables secure, or if you require the help of a Security Expert, contact our team today! Call us on 0191 270 0808, or email us at info@tynesidesecurity.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you!