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If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a burglary you can understand the feeling of loss that is reported as a result of having your private space violated and things you have worked hard for taken away. We may like to think we are unlucky to be burgled, that it was a matter of our house being in the wrong place at the opportune time. The fact is that most burglars are opportunistic and too many homes give off a blatant ‘burgle me’ message to passing thieves. It’s not always that you’ve left windows open or doors unlocked and ready to be opened.

The average burglar always looks for signs of entry and if your gate is shut you’re more likely to be conscious of security than if you leave it open. If house-insurance-419058_640you have pets, you’re also seen as a good target as you’re less likely to turn on your alarms and that’s where Home Safes come in handy. Having all your valuables taken care of in a decent safe can make a difference if someone breaks into your home will make the difference between losing your grandmothers valuable jewels and having your precious items kept safe. Not many people know this, but the winter season is the peak time of the year for break ins. The longer nights provide more cover for thieves who try their luck and with everyone tightening their belts, so many unfortunately desperate people try their luck robbing houses in the lead up to Christmas. With the laws the way they are in the UK, you cannot approach a burglar or defend your home in a violent way without feeling the strong arm of the law – who unbelievably, won’t be on your side.

The thing is, this type of confrontation should only ever be a last resort anyway and it is so much better to ensure that you are continually vigilant when it comes to the security of your home. If you have been burgled and your alarms have failed you, look for your spare keys. Burglars often steal spare keys so they can come back at a later time to really clear you out. If the keys are not in the usual place, change all the locks and do it fast. Contact the police to let them know what the situation is and they will be able to give you a crime number you can use for insurance claims. They can also really help with the trauma of the situation because they can put you in contact with Victim Support. Once the police have done their rounds and taken your statement, repair any broken doors and windows and ask your insurance company if they can offer a twenty four hour service. Use your phone camera to do a short film or take exact photographs of each room. While this is a little fruitless after the incident it’ll help for the future if it ever happens again.

Don’t skimp on the type of security safe you buy. Burglars can spot a dummy and bypass a dummy lock system from a mile off. For maximum security, alarms fitted with cameras will allow you to view your home from your computer wherever you are. Be vigilant, stay safe and lock your doors this winter.

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