However with the festive season upon us and most homes getting ready for the big fella coming down the chimney burglars love this time of year and it seems it’s the case locally as 3 houses in our village were burgled last weekend so I was really interested when The Co-Operative Insurance asked the people at Unlock – which is a charity that supports folks with criminal convictions to put them in touch with 25 people with previous convictions for housing burglaries just what we should or shouldn’t be doing to help keep our homes safe and I for one was shocked at some of the answers!
Others not so … What do you think? ….
Now for me I was shocked that in fact leaving the lights on was ineffective as its something I had been doing since living in my own house, not that we tend to be out at night these days with having kids, but still religiously when we are going out I do turn on the lights anyway.
Although having said that I shouldn’t be shocked really as it certainly didn’t make any difference to the light-fingered *cough cough* person that burglarised my home a few years back …
The feeling of coming home and finding that someone had touched, moved and taken my personal things was really sole destroying so much so I moved a few months later, which in fairness not everyone is able to do that and nor should they feel that way.
Since being burgled I have always made a conscious effort over the years to try to not make my home easy pickings but with no dog at home we have had to look at other ways and so we do have a burglar alarm, movement activated security lights and recently we installed some super easy wire free CCTV cameras with the Arlo system which means we get movement notifications direct to our phones when someone is on the property and it records each time they are set off.
OK I know none of this will stop a burglar if they want in but hopefully it will make them think twice about breaking in and I for one do sleep more soundly knowing we are doing everything we can to deter them … the one thing I won’t be doing is rushing out to buy a dog … after all dogs are for life not just for Christmas!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.