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GUIDE TO HOME SECURITY
Before you have finished reading this article at least two more homes somewhere in the country will have been entered by a burglar. One of them may even be in your own road. The simple fact is that burglaries are on the increase, by day or night, with one taking place on average every 30 seconds.
The effects of a burglary can be devastating. Apart from the loss of prized or valuable possessions, considerable damage can be done to the property, yet the majority of homeowners take few precautions, if any, to protect their homes, making entry easy for any opportunist thief passing by.
That thief is on the lookout for an empty house – it need only be empty for a short amount of time perhaps while you are out shopping or visiting a neighbour. You might even be just out in the garden. He is looking for quick and easy ways in and easy ways out again.
Remember too that the back of your house is more at risk than the front.
Approximately 60% of burglars break in from the back of a property where they are less conspicuous and can therefore work at ease. Many burglaries also occur in the day when noises such as breaking glass attract less attention than at night time.
Home security is all about making life as difficult and risky as possible for the potential burglar. Your house needs to appear as unattractive as possible to him. He must be made to believe that there might just be someone at home. He needs to be made aware that you, the homeowner, have taken steps to make life difficult for him. He needs to be made to feel so unsure that he will go elsewhere. It is not difficult or expensive to achieve this.
Anything which delays him will deter him and the best deterrents are quality locks fitted to all the vulnerable entry and access points.
At night good approach lighting is also worthwhile so that your house is well illuminated, making a burglar very conspicuous. This is best achieved using exterior
Another deterrent – especially for the more determined burglar – is a complete
Diagram A shows most of the risk areas around a house and some of the ‘aids’. which can help a burglar.
Put padlocks on garage doors and outside sheds too.
The Wickes range of window locks is wide. Every type of window – wood or metal, sliding or hinged – can be fitted with a secure lock, operated by one type of key or another. In all cases the key is removable. However you must ensure that your family and any other people in your home know where the keys are kept in case of an emergency such as fire where several escape routes may be needed.
A few are shown here. Diagrams B, C, D and E.
Whatever method he does use to get into the house he will want to have a door open to remove large items and to give himself another escape route. For these reasons all external doors must be fitted with key operated locks and rack bolts as well where possible.
Front doors should be fitted with a 5 lever Mortice Deadlock certified to BS 3621 and bearing the Kitemark. This type of lock is set into the door stile about half way up, with the lock shoot operated by key only, engaging in a metal box – the keep – on the door jamb. There is no latch or handle to this type of lock. It should be locked every time you go out and leave the house unattended.
French doors and double doors should also be fitted with rack bolts at the top and bottom of each door operating into the head and sill of the door frame. Although modern patio doors are normally fitted with one good central lock, they are still easily forced open. Special patio door locks should be fitted at the top and bottom of the doors to prevent them being slid along or lifted off their runners and removed if the main lock is forced.
If away for several days, get a neighbour to check the house daily to ensure that letters, leaflets, etc., aren’t left by the letterbox – an obvious sign that you are away. To make the house look occupied, buy
Time clocks work by plugging the light or appliance into the time clock then plugging this
The light/appliance will then turn on at the times you set the clock to. You can choose from a daily timer which will mean that your light will come on at the same time every day or a weekly timer whereby you can programme your light to turn on at different times each day of the week.
The weekly timer is also available with a digital clock which can be programmed accurate to the minute.
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