Is your home or car at risk for a break-in? Since most of us never imagine that we’ll become the victim of a burglary or car theft, it’s all too easy to become complacent or even careless in our daily routines. We may accidently leave a side door unlocked or forget to turn on the security system when we leave the house. We may leave valuables in plain sight inside our car or leave the windows partially rolled down, increasing the risk for theft.
Sadly, we pay for these careless mistakes. Home burglaries, larceny thefts and auto thefts cost Nigerians millions of Naira yearly
Below are some tips on how you could lower your risk and keep your home and car more safer:
- Invest in a home security system.
The benefits of this cannot be over emphasized. You will be able to monitor events in your home and know when the bad guys are around. You will also be able to alert the first responders. If you already have a system, use it and prominently display a sign indicating its presence in both your front and back windows. This serves as a psychological deterrent
- Secure the garage.
Garages are typical entry point for burglars. More regrettable, an open garage door advertises your belongings to anyone passing by. Burglars who spot an expensive car, bike, or power tools expect there are similarly important things inside the home too. Keep the garage door shut and bolted. don’t tempt a thief!
- Install motion sensors.
motion sensors should trigger outdoor lights to turn on, activate the camera to start recording, and even activate sounds. This could send would-be burglars running in the other direction–even if you are not home.
- Remove opportunities.
Did you know that approximately 60 percent of burglars use forcible entry to gain access to a home, while 30 percent enter a home through an unlocked door or open window, reports Remove opportunities for burglars to enter your home and take your valued possessions by making sure your doors and windows are locked.
- Use deadbolts.
Professional burglars can easily open push button locks on doors, Instead, opt for deadbolt locks. When moving into a new home, change all locks immediately. Finally, check your door hinges; they should be located on the inside so burglars cannot remove them easily.
- Keep your car secure.
Always roll up the windows (including closing the sun roof) and lock your car, even if it’s parked in front of your house in plain view. And never, ever leave your car running or with the keys in the ignition if you’re away from it, even if it’s just “for a quick minute.” All it takes is a few seconds for thieves to slip into the car and drive off!
- Leave no GPS device behind.
Don’t tempt burglars to break into your car! In addition to hiding GPS devices, remove the suction cup as well. Even the presence of a suction cup on the windshield could alert burglars to the presence of an expensive device in the car.
- Hide valuable items, but do so privately.
Have you ever parked your car in a parking lot and then popped the trunk to put a bag or computer inside? That’s a risky move! While it’s a good idea to hide valuables, hiding them in the trunk while in public could let potential thieves know exactly where these valuables are hidden.
- Use a mechanical locking device.
Parking your car for an extended period at the airport, in a public garage or away from regular supervision? Use a mechanical locking device like a club, collar or j-bar to lock the steering wheel, column, or break, which will prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees.
- Park in well-lit areas.
Whether you’re parking your car on the street at night or in a mall parking lot, opt for spaces underneath streetlights or in other well-lit areas. Other important considerations include good visibility and easy access to public walkways. The more foot traffic that passes by, the harder it could be for a burglar to get a quiet moment alone with your car.