How to Keep Your Valuables Safe at Home
Last updated: 3.02pm, Tuesday 18th September 2018
Last year’s statistics show that there were 20,607 reported incidents of housebreaking in Scotland between 2014 and 2015 with that type of crime making up 16% of reported “crimes of dishonesty”. While we all like to think that our homes are the safest places to be, we have to face the reality that more needs to be done to deter potential thieves and protect your valuables in the case of someone entering your home without permission.
The simplest way to deter opportunistic thieves is to make sure your windows and doors are locked when you are not in the house or in those particular rooms. It may be tempting during the warmer months to open all of the windows in your home to let through a breeze and then head outside to enjoy the weather but this gives passing thieves the perfect opportunity to get into your home undetected.
You should also try and keep your valuables away from open windows (even if you are in the room at the time). A thief may see the opportunity to complete a “grab and run” style burglary as a result of seeing valuables close to the window. Even if the window is closed, leaving a valuable item within sight of a window could attract the attention of someone who will then plan a targeted attack on your home, knowing the value of your items inside.
Alarms and CCTV
According to Which?, “you are less likely to become a victim of burglary if you have a well fitted and maintained burglar alarm system”. By having an alarm system on clear display, you will automatically deter burglars who are targeting homes in your area as they will prefer to try their luck on a less obviously protected home. If burglars do try and enter your home it will trigger the alarm and, depending of the kind of alarm system you have, it will produce a loud noise which will either scare the burglar off or alert passers-by.
CCTV is also a useful deterrent against any would-be thieves and provides a useful resource should your home be burgled. Be sure to install cameras at entrances as well as at any points around the perimeter of your home you deem to be vulnerable to attack.
Protecting Valuables inside Your Home
CCTV and alarms are proven to be excellent burglar deterrents but if someone is determined to enter your home or simply hasn’t noticed the security measures in place, you will need to ensure that your valuables inside are protected. Certain valuables are replaceable if the worst should happen such as electrical gadgets (tv’s etc.) but other items such as family heirlooms, one-off jewellery pieces, passports, photos and important documents are much harder to replace. A home safe is the ideal solution for securing these items away from the threat of intruders.
It is usually advised that you converse with your insurance company before purchasing a safe for your valuables as they will recommend a specific grading in order to cover you correctly for the items you wish to store. You should also ensure that your safe is bolted to the floor or wall to prevent a burglar being able to remove the safe from your property. (With unlimited time, they will be able to work on trying to open the safe for as long as needed.)
Speaking of time, once an intruder has triggered your alarm system, they will want to get in and out of your property as quickly as possible meaning they often grab things in the most common locations. These include sock drawers, on top of the wardrobe, under the bed, under the sink, and under the bedside table so hiding your valuables out of sight in an impenetrable location is recommended.
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