As much as we would all love to say that our houses will never be burgled, it’s unfortunately something that you can’t predict. Whilst break-ins happen randomly all over the country, there are often certain things that attract burglars to individual properties.
These factors are often the reason why your home may be targeted over another – which is why identifying them is the first step to being able to prevent your property from being broken into.
Even though horror movies lead us to believe that houses always get broken into whilst you’re asleep in bed, it’s actually far more likely that your home will be targeted because it’s empty. A lot of break-ins happen during the day – as this is when most people are out of the house at work. Most opportunist thieves won’t target occupied homes – there is more chance of them being caught.
If someone has been watching your home for a while, they will look for things like your curtains not being opened as a sign to see if you’re often away from the home.
Your home doesn’t have to be in a complete remote location – even those located on a quiet cul-de-sac or low traffic areas are more likely to be targeted than those in busier locations. This is simply because there is obviously less chance of them being spotted by someone. The quieter the area – the easier it is to get in and out without alerting the suspicion of anyone.
Houses with Easy to Hide Areas
The way your home is designed, including the landscape, could be the reason for why your home becomes a target for theft. If your home has places that are easy for someone to hide in – such as bushes under windows – this makes it easy for criminals to watch your home to see when you’re in or out. Thieves are attracted to messy gardens with overgrown lawns, as this again gives them to the perfect opportunity to hide.
Lack of Security
No security (or no obvious security) is probably the number one reason for why your house becomes a lot more attractive to a burglar. Why risk breaking into a home with an alarm system when they could break into yours undetected? Good quality security could be what prevents your home from being targeted – so it’s worth spending a little bit of money getting it installed.
If you’ve recently had your home broken into and looking for a professional and reliable locksmiths in Preston or Lancaster to repair or change the locks – we have you covered. Our dedicated team are on hand to help you resolve any issues – so please get in touch!
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