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Thursday
Sep092010

Burglary Prevention

Tips to safeguard your home against intruders

 
  • Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves are also quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
  • Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
  • Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don't rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.
  • When  Commissioning   some  one to work  in  your  home always  use  a  reliable  traceable   source  of contractors.
  • Always  ask  for  id   when  some  one  knocks  on your door  and  needs access  eg.  gas man , tradesman etc   if   they  are  who  they  say  they are the  will  willingly  provide some  if  in doubt  check  with  there  office.
  • Create the illusion that you are home. by using timers on lights, radios and TV's. Making your residence appear occupied, even when no one is home,   will   deter   criminals.
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders, as well as highlight a house.
  • Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so delivered items do not accumulate. You can also ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place to make it appear that you are present.
  • Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal, everyday appearance in your residence.
  • Never leave a message on your telephone answering machine telling people that you are away from home. A message that you will return at a certain time leaves your home vulnerable in the interim.
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.
  • Organize a community watch program to protect your neighborhood. An alert community is a safe community.
  • Make your moveable property unattractive to thieves by putting an identifying mark (such as your date of birth and initials) on it. This will make it harder for the criminal to dispose of, and easier for the Gardai to connect it with its proper owners, if it is stolen and recovered. Contact your local garda station if you want to know more about property marking.

 

Installing Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms are strong deterrent to burglars. Over 90% of homes that are burgled do not have alarms. Where homes with alarms have been burgled, over 70% of the alarms had not been switched on. So, if you do have an alarm, REMEMBER TO USE IT. You may be entitled to a discount on your household insurance if you install an alarm.
 
  • Always seek advice from your local Garda Crime Prevention Officer.
  • Consult your insurance company.
  • Get a number of quotations and make sure that each alarm company carries out a security survey on your home.
  • Insist that an external warning device be installed – even if your alarm is monitored, an external bell/siren with a flashing will alert neighbours and provide an invaluable guide to Gardai.
  • Alarm contacts on window openings will indicate an unclosed window when you are setting your alarm.
  • Only deal with reputable companies. The alarm installer you choose should be registered under the national certification scheme for Intruder Alarms which is operated by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and is fully backed by the gardai and the insurance industry.
  • Make sure you get a certificate showing that the alarm installation conforms to the IS 199 standard.
  • Be very careful with companies who call to your door without prior arrangement.
  • FINALLY, REMEMBER THAT A POOR ALARM SYSTEM IS WORSE THAN NO ALARM SYSTEM.