When it comes to crime, it can take on many forms, be it a burglary from property or vehicles, vandalism or even riots. Overall crime costs can affect in both a monetary and social consequence. Should you be a business or shop owner who is protecting your property, your stock is a key factor when it comes to considering the levels of security you should invest in. This also applies to householders who may face constant worry that when they leave their home to go to work, visit friends or even go on holiday for a very short periods of time, these times can all be targeted by thieves.
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No wonder that crime prevention is becoming a very serious matter and important subject, in domestic scenarios we’re all aware of neighbourhood watch schemes, which have also been ridiculed in the media and can be seen as just nosey neighbours holding meetings and putting up posters. Areas that do have a neighbourhood watch schemes do benefit from lower crime figures which makes sense as the prevention of crime is something that on mass can be stopped, so the term ‘safety in numbers’ is applicable here. Thieves tend to think twice about breaking into properties within neighbourhood watch areas as they don’t known who may be watching them.
Another key step in prevention of crime is thinking like a burglar, take a look at your property and establish just how crime resistant it is. The majority of domestic burglaries tend to happen during the late afternoon as this is the time when most people are out. Roads are busier with commuters and the school run meaning police response times are slowed down. There’s two main types of burglary, the first type being the opportunist who sees a weak link (ie an open window) and takes advantage and slips into the property usually only taking small items such as cash, jewellery and mobile phones etc. The next type is a planned burglary which is carried out usually after the property has been observed for a few days to ensure the occupiers are away on holiday or out for the day. This can be one of the most damaging forms of burglary as in most cases the house is ransacked and larger items are taken. These types of burglaries are very distressing due to their personal nature.
When it comes to prevention of these kinds of burglary, they require different approaches. Simple rules such as keeping windows and doors locked at all times (unless you are in the same room) will ensure that you have good security lighting and a reliable alarm system. This also includes not leaving valuables on view and display and making sure that the house and car keys are kept in a draw as having these stolen could cause a lot of expense and insurance misery if your car is stolen using the keys. Other important areas to consider are over grown foliage near windows which can hide a burglar from view and leaving ladders unsecured in the garden which can be used to access flat roofs and bathroom windows. Keep your garden shed secure to prevent your own tools from being used to break in to your house. Try and join a neighbourhood watch scheme if possible and stay up to date with any crimes that take place in the local area.
There’s a range of basic crime prevention rules that can help to deter the average burglar. But what’s the next level of prevention? A good alarm system is essential as it an reduce the amount of time a burglar will spend in your property. There’s a chance that it may not actually physically stop a break in but a property without an alarm is much more likely to be targeted. The fact that an alarm has been activated will panic a burglar whilst also alerting neighbours and passer-by’s.
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