According to recent studies conducted by one of the UK’s leading insurance companies many people believe they are good neighbours and yet openly admit that they are extremely unlikely to take any notice if they heard either a car alarm or house alarm going off.
The days of leaving your back door open for neighbours and friends to pop in for a quick chat or borrow a cup of sugar are long gone and whilst many people would like to see the return of a more friendly local community spirit, the modern ways of living do not lend themselves to this type of situation ever returning.
Despite the fact that many people live in areas where neighbours are not often seen or even known, many people do keep an eye on their neighbour’s property whilst they are away on holiday and will take in parcels and ensure post is pushed through the letterbox to deter opportunist thieves.
There are ways which people can also help to safe guard their property whilst at work or away on holiday as the rise in burglary is historically associated with the warmer weather.
Making sure all windows are shut and locked even on the hottest days is one way of deterring opportunist thieves. Many people believe that leaving a small window open will not be sufficiently large enough for anyone to squeeze through, sadly this is not the case, thieves have a knack of prising themselves through the smallest of windows and once inside they can help themselves to want they want and simply walk out through the front or back door in the knowledge that few people will stop and ask what they are doing.
Conservatories are one of the easiest places from which to enter a house as many people will leave a top transom style window open to prevent excessive heat build up. They also fit shades in the form of blinds, once inside the thieves cannot be seen by neighbours.
Small, yet significant steps can be taken to reduce the risk of becoming a statistic of opportunist burglary;
* Close all windows irrespective of how hot your house or conservatory may become.
* Never leave a key under the mat, stone or hanging from a piece of string attached to the letter box.
* Make sure you have appropriate locks which cannot be opened with implements such as wire coat hangers, sound unbelievable? Well it’s not, the older style of lock is easy to open by thieves with slender arms which they can push through the letter box.
* Fit window locks, especially if you don’t have new style of double glazed windows. Old fashioned sash windows are a simple to open from the outside.
* Keep your back gate locked and ensure you don’t leave your dustbin within reach as this acts as an easy step-up to use to climb over high gates.
* Fit a letterbox which has a basket at the back for the letters to drop into. This is particularly important if you have a door which has glass at the bottom as thieves will be able to see at a glance whether anyone is home or not. It is also wise to fit letterboxes which cannot be looked through for the same reason.
* Ask neighbours to ensure all junk mail is pushed right through the letterbox.
* If you still have milk and papers delivered ensure you cancel them before going away on holiday.
Above all make sure your buildings insurance covers for outside buildings, such as sheds, as well as garages and their contents.