A recent CO-OP insurance survey interviewed 2,000 people in the UK and found that 28% took no measures to protect their property.
From those surveyed, half slept with open windows at night, over 80 left the door unlocked whilst they were in and 12% left their garden gates open, things we’re probably all guilt of doing, right?
Half even boasted about their current holidays on social media drawing attention to their empty property.
The CO-OP questioned 12 former burglars at the same time and here are some of the main deterrents they gave that would stop them burgling a property.
- CCTV Camera(s) – Ranked #1
- A barking dog – Ranked # 2
- TV switched on – Ranked # 4
- Gates outside a property – Ranked # 9
- Motion activated security lights – Ranked # 10
Read the full list of 10 and some easy ways to enhance the security of your property below >
1. CCTV Camera(s)
The best deterrent most likely due to criminals not wanting themselves to be recorded on video doing something illegal. You can buy cameras for inside and outside the property including those for wall and ceiling mounts. There are the options to have them activated by a sensor so they only record when movement is detected.
That’s right, man’s best friend really is just that when it comes to deterring burglars but don’t worry if you don’t have trusty 4 legged friend, why not fake it with a VoiceOFF speaker to play a pre-recorded sound of a dog barking every time someone comes up your drive. Find out more about VoiceOFF here >>
3. Strong, heavy doors
Consider replacing glass panelled doors that may be a weak point of entry for a burglar into your property with solid wooden or UPVC ones. A DoorKnox doorview camera system is a handy way of capturing mug shots of visitors when you’re out or just letting you choose to ignore them even if you’re in. See the full DoorKnox video entry range here >>
4. A TV that’s switched on
Eleven of the 12 ex-convicts said they would be put off targeting a smart, connected home. Whilst you might not want to leave your TV set on all day there are a few ways to switch it on when someone approaches your house. A simple external PIR detector and an IR Remote Controller should do the trick and switch the TV on when they approach but off again after a pre-determined period of time.
5. Locked UPVC windows
Never mind leaving them open, don’t forget to lock them as well especially if they are hidden away from the roadside and on the ground floor.
6. Cars parked on driveway
Not the easiest or cheapest one to achieve if you’ve not got a spare vehicle but you could set an alarm alert on your alienDVR to email you if someone is on your driveway. It will give you the opportunity to activate a smart home device, a floodlight or a warning sound on the VoiceOFF which might just surprise the visitor – unwanted or not.
Friendly neighbours can also be helpful spotting suspicious behaviour but Noel ‘Razor’ Smith one of the former burglars interviewed warned “It’s a myth that burglars all wear shellsuits, trainers and carry swag bags. Today’s burglars may be unrecognisable – smartly dressed in suits, carrying briefcases or even [high-visibility] waistcoats.”
Smith said most burglars want to be in and out in less than 5 minutes so it stands to reason that any physical obstacles such as tall fencing will help protect your property. Why not go one step further and add some “CCTV in Operation” Warning Signs? They cost just a few pounds and are easy to put up.
9. Gates outside the property
If you have a driveway, gates are a great way to make your property more secure and you can make access in and out easier using a wirefree keyfob or keypad from the new Zendit range here. At the press of a button or tap of a keycode, you can trigger a relay to activate an automatic gate opener.
10. Motion-activated security lights (Lighting Relay)
The panel pointed out that motion-activated security lights were a key deterrent for home thieves, but just 24% of respondents had installed such devices. There’s no excuse for this one but it’s probably worth keeping a few on your van as an added extra.