Home Fire Safety Tips
Statistics show that homes left unoccupied are more likely to be broken into and those empty for more than a month are 43% more likely to suffer a burglary. Burglars target homes that look empty, so make your home appear busy and lived in. Whether you live in a rural or urban setting, every home is a potential target for burglars. The best defence against burglary is prevention. With a little bit of planning you can help make your home an unappealing target for burglars.
Home Safety Tips
- Lock all doors and windows when you leave home - most home burglaries occur during the day, when people are away at work or school.
- Fit security lighting on the front and back of the house.
- Ensure that all ground and basement windows are fitted with locks and make certain doors have dead bolt locks.
- Leave curtains slightly parted so your house doesn't have an empty look, but don't leave valuables or electronic equipment where burglars can see them through windows.
- Never leave an answering machine message indicating you are not home. Simply say that you cannot take the call at that moment.
- Never leave door keys under a doormat or plant pot outside
- If you have a monitored home security system, make sure it is working properly and has been properly tested at least 4 weeks before you go away. If you do not have a monitored alarm, consider having one installed because they are an effective deterrent.
- Use timer switches to turn lights on and off, giving your home the impression it is occupied. They are inexpensive, easy to operate and can be obtained from good Do-It-Yourself stores.
- If you have a Neighbourhood Watch in your area, let them know your plans so that they can help keep an eye on your property.
- Remember to cancel deliveries such as newspapers. Uncollected mail acts as a signal that a house is not occupied.
- Avoid discussing holiday plans with strangers; you never know who they might pass the information on to.
- Secure important documents and valuable items in a safe place within your home or deposit them in a bank.