The next three weeks are CRUCIAL!
According to local Police Officers and Security Guards, the last few weeks of the year are HIGH RISK when it comes to crime.
In fact, local law enforcement do not take leave until after Christmas because all hands are needed on deck.
Here are a few exclusive tips they have to give, based on their wealth of experience.
- Criminals will rarely break glass as it alerts neighbours to a problem. They often prefer bending burglar bars to breaking windows. Despite the heat, it is recommended that you close ALL windows when you are away from home – especially when travelling.
- Dogs might not always bark at intruders – many animals feel that they need to protect YOU. If you are not home, they might not be as vigilant.
- The main bedroom is often one of the first places intruders will look – jewellery, electronics, firearms and other valuables can usually be found there. Consider placing valuable jewellery in a ziplock bag in the kitchen – inside a bag of frozen peas, inside a tin of tea bags, or even immersed in a bag of flour.
- If you are away, try and make a plan for someone to turn the lights on and off as usual.
- Have your alarm, electric fence, beams and panic buttons serviced before you leave.
- Keep a file with receipts of all valuables – this will help the insurance company process your claim faster than usual, should something happen.
- Request that your insurance company visits your home to take an inventory and photographs of your valuables – once again, this will ensure they pay the maximum amount should your home be burgled.
As always, avoid wearing valuables, carrying large amounts of cash, or using your phone while driving at sunset or at night (the blue light is highly visible and makes you a prime target)!