Former burglar Michael Fraser has explained the ways you could be leaving your home vulnerable to theft, and how to prevent your home getting broken in to. As winter sets in, homes are more exposed, with burglars able to work under the cover of darkness to make their move. Michael has revealed the cleaning tip that could stop you getting caught out. He shared: “If you do have a digital alarm system, make sure that you are keeping it clean – if burglars know what digits you’re using, they can easily work out your password as people are more likely to start with lower numbers and work their way up the keypad when it comes to numerical patterns.”
Michael shared a number of other burglary prevention tips:
Whilst leaving your lights on may signal an occupied house to potential intruders, as the nights get darker, be mindful of where you are leaving lights on, as this can make valuable belongings more visible to thieves. Make sure that curtains or blinds are closed so that potential burglars don’t have a direct line of sight onto your valuables and the layout of your home.
It’s easy for a burglar to ascertain which room is the bathroom because of the windows usually being obscured. Showering without other lights on in your home gives burglars a clear indication that they will have the time to grab some valuables from your home and make a quick exit whilst you’re distracted.
Appointments and festive holidays listed on calendars will give potential intruders a window of opportunity to break into your home undisturbed.
Ensure that information on any calendars cannot be easily viewed through a window.
Avoid the risk of burglars stealing valuable items from your home through your letterbox – such as keys lying on the side – by fitting a cage to the inside of your letterbox
If a burglar has access to your name through old post or personal information, they can easily find your social media accounts too. Sharing so-called holiday countdowns around holidays, or updates whilst you’re away, is an open invitation for burglars to head into your home with the knowledge that they won’t be disturbed
Double locking is key
Just one lock on a door isn’t enough. Burglars can use their foot to check whether there is a dead lock on the door. If the door moves more than two millimetres, they will immediately know that your door isn’t double locked, giving them easier access to your property.
ADT Fire & Security has launched the UK’s first criminally crafted escape room in conjunction with reformed burglar Michael Fraser. Tickets are free, so to enter the draw for tickets to the East London based escape room, please visit: https://www.adt.co.uk/a-darker-time/
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