Now we know this isn’t the kind of unicorn filled post that you want to read where sugar lumps line the streets and a rainbow flutters in the wind as cherubs strum on their teeny-tiny harps, but we believe blog posts should be as informative as they are fun and, well, we feel it is important to tell you November is the month you are most likely to get broken into. On a Monday and Tuesday. Between the hours of midnight and one in the morning.
We’re not dropping this ugly bombshell on just for the sake of dropping ugly bombshells (I mean when was the last time we ever did that?). No, we’re telling you this so that you can make your home the most unattractive target possible.
Yes, running out of the house (remembering to lock the door behind you, jumping in your car and heading off to buy the very best home security system on the market is probably a wise move, especially with the first of the month peeping over the horizon. But there also a bunch of other little tricks you should know about, and here are the best of the bunch:
Social Media Is A Bad Advert
We know hard it is to resist showing off your highlights on Social Media. The urge to take a photograph of some colorful cocktail laid beside a palm tree on a deserted beach, then add an Instagram filter to it with the hashtag “no filter” before uploading everywhere can be too much for most mortals. However, you should really wait until you are home from your holiday otherwise you are simply advertising your absence.
Over Sell Your Security
Just suggesting this makes us realize just how sad the current state of affairs is, but you need to put cameras inside and outside your home (luckily you rushed out and bought a home security system, so you’ve got everything you need). Even burglars are not stupid enough to risk getting caught on a webcam, or a camera that links to your smartphone. It could lead to them turning up on the news or the cops turning up at the house. So, have cameras about and make sure these cameras are visible. It’s better to deter than hope.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Neighbor
The days of being friendly with everyone on your street seem to have fizzled out for some reason, which plays right into the hands of a cheeky little thief. The simplest solution, get to know your neighbors, Bond with them. Make friends with them. Create inside jokes, invite them round for drinks every so often and become close. The people who live next door to you are going to become pretty handy when it comes to protecting your home. After all, they’ll know who should be at your house and, more importantly, who shouldn’t.
Put It All In A Super-Safe
Actually, it could just be an average safe. So long as your small valuables – jewelry, watches, money, small electronics etc. – is out of sight and stored in a safe you will find they don’t become the product of a break-in. Most burglars operate on a smash-and-grab basis, which means they want to get in, run around, scoop all they can into a sack and get out of there as fast as possible. They aren’t going to try and break into a safe. What’s more, by putting your stuff in a safe, instead of leaving it in plain sight of someone walking by, you will become instantly less attractive to a petty criminal.