Your home is supposed to be where you feel the safest. But after just one break in or even an attempted robbery, you can be left feeling shaken and unsafe. Generally, before you fall victim to a crime in your home, you have been relaxed when it comes to your security, and now, after the fact, when you are feeling vulnerable, you start second-guessing your security set up and end up with anxiety about your safety.
It doesn’t take a massive budget or hours of work in order to get your home feeling like your own again. These simple basics are a must if you are currently in a position where you think you haven’t done enough to ensure your safety:
- Secure your doors
We all think the same thing, “the door is locked and made of a tough material so there is no way someone can get in”. The scary thing is, a growing number of break-ins are the result of assuming your door is tough enough to keep intruders out. Robbers simply bulldoze their way in, by destroying the lock or damaging the frame in such a way that it allows access.
So what can you do about it? To start with, you can add the good old security door, a staple that most South African homes already have. The second thing you can do is to add a second lock.
- Lock the windows or have sturdy burglar bars
It is generally when you are sound asleep that robbers check your home for an easy opening such as an unlocked, unsecured window. This doesn’t have to keep you up at night if you have burglar bars in place. Having welded bars is a good choice as criminals are not likely to have the strength or means to remove them.
- Install a security system
A system which includes an alarm, panic buttons and armed response, is one of the best things you can invest in and it is a service offered by all the best security companies. Your security company will be immediately alerted to a possible break-in and the alarm is almost certain to send the would-be intruders running. Barring a few cases, most crimes are petty and can be stopped using a reliable security system.
- Join a neighbourhood watch
Many street communities have taken the steps toward taking matters into their own hands instead of relying on police or security companies. Getting to know your neighbours and starting a WhatsApp group to keep in touch will give you peace of mind. There is no reason to feel like a victim and being part of a community watch group will leave you feeling empowered.
- Minimise the hiding places
Cut back bushes and light up dark spaces, this way you will remove any potential hiding places for criminals. The other option is to add motion detecting lighting to your yard.