Robin Hood didn’t have a cloak of invisibility! He was only clever, fast and good, yes, he had a bow too.

Today’s burglars are cunning and they still use great imagination to achieve their goals, but there are a few clues that can alert you. For example, there is a house they’ve visited in your neighbourhood: there is a small post-it on your door!

How do burglars manage to deceive you and break into your private space?

This post provides you with advice to prevent you from bringing the wolf into the sheepfold. You won’t get paranoid! All you have to do is pay a little attention: here are seven things you should know to avoid burglaries.

– Keep in a jewellery box only the ornaments that are of little value.

1. “Light, noise? I don’t burglarize.”

Some techniques deter potential burglars from entering your home by simulating a presence. No need to call all your friends to squat on your sofa 24 hours a day during your holidays! You can install:

– Motion detector lights;

– a daily timer that turns on the TV (high volume) and lights at certain times of the day.

If you don’t want to invest, inform your neighbours of your absence and ask them to open and close your shutters (At the same time, they can water your plants for example! You will give it back to them during their absences).

As a rule, burglars prepare their ground in advance: they observe and know the crime scene before operating. So pay attention to the little clues they may leave for you.

To find out your habits, they may pose as telemarketers and call you at home several times a day.

Also, burglars use a code made up of signs and symbols to communicate with each other. It is easily found on the Internet. If you see signs on your door or on your outside walls, your house may be of interest to thieves: for example, a cross for a burglary project, a diamond to indicate that a house is unoccupied, etc.

2. “Your door will break down in seconds.”

We imagine that burglars develop complicated strategies to get into our homes, whereas the majority of break-ins are simply through the front door (80%).

Keep in mind that a lock can be easily broken if it is not reinforced. So before investing in an armoured door, think about reinforcing your lock with an anti-burglary system.

3. “You’ve already seen me somewhere”.

The burglar seeks to get closer to his future victims in order to learn their habits and to get to know the place. For example, it is not uncommon for them to ring your doorbell and pretend to be someone else you can trust, such as a postman, gardener, etc.

To avoid disappointment:

– Be wary of salesmen who are too curious to enter your garden (even under the pretext of examining the moss on your roof!).

– Entrust your work to a company you trust or that has been recommended to you by a third party.

– Close unused accesses if workers are working in your home.

4. ” I see the alarms not connected.”

Investing in an alarm system to protect against theft is one of the first things you think about. This device deters and drives 95% of thieves to flee! In spite of its effectiveness, it is important to know that burglars are increasingly well informed about the various systems available on the market and can, therefore, get around them in a jiffy. If you have installed an alarm in your home, be vigilant on these three points:

– The burglar knows that an alarm is not connected when it is not flashing. The camera’s trick of deterrence can, therefore, fail completely!

– The burglar has no problem defusing your surveillance camera if he sees it.

– Install your surveillance devices out of sight (alarm, camera).

5. “I go through the small windows.”

We don’t necessarily think about it, but windows are popular entrances for burglars. So remember to close and secure these entrances whenever possible. Even in the summer, when it’s hot, close the shutters before leaving your windows open at night.

Above all, keep in mind:

– It is easier to open a window from the outside than a door (unless it is equipped with a lock).

– The burglar can get in through a tiny skylight. Do not leave the window open!

– Windows with handles are his favourite targets.

– You can secure your window with an espagnolette lock to prevent break-ins.

6. “Beware of easy to find hiding places.”

Drawers, under mattresses and cupboard bottoms, are often the places where we hide our valuables in order to protect them as best we can, using our imagination. Wrongly so, because these are the first places a burglar will check when visiting a house!

To be on the safe side, it is better to:

– Place your valuables in a safe deposit box at the bank.

– Keep in a jewellery box only the ornaments that are of little value.

7. “Light, noise? I don’t burglarize.”

Some techniques deter potential burglars from entering your home by simulating a presence. No need to call all your friends to squat on your sofa 24 hours a day during your holidays! You can install:

– Motion detector lights;

– a daily timer that turns on the TV (high volume) and lights at certain times of the day.

If you don’t want to invest, inform your neighbours of your absence and ask them to open and close your shutters (At the same time, they can water your plants for example! You will give it back to them during their absences).

Hope the above helps you out! Remember to leave your comments below.

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