To keep thieves out of your home, you need to be well prepared: safety measures and proper behavior make life difficult for you. Here Some tips on how to secure your home or apartment against burglaries.
How well are you armed against thieves? This question you should ask yourself in the cold months because then it comes according to a statistic of the Federal Criminal Police Office to most burglaries. Thieves often only need a few seconds or minutes to break or pry windows and doors. They are especially easy if you have not taken any security measures for your house or apartment.
Close windows and doors well
In order to protect against burglars, police crime prevention in Stuttgart advises in particular: always to close windows and balcony and patio doors. Even if the house or apartment is only left for a short time, doors should be locked. Before leaving, make sure the windows are completely closed and not tilted. Shutters and blinds should not be shut down during the day. This signals the thieves that nobody is in the house warns police crime prevention.
Do not share your absence on Facebook, Twitter, and Co.
Many burglars are so-called occasional thieves and use one option if one offers you one. Therefore, it is dangerous to announce on social media platforms that you are on vacation or not at home. That's the thieves' chance to plan a break-in. The police crime prevention advice also to leave no evidence of your absence on your answering machine. The reason: Thieves often call the landline to see if someone is at home.
Do not hide the key outside
Under the doormat, in the flower pot or behind a door knocker: The typical hiding places of a spare key have been known for a long time. That's why thieves know exactly where to look for a key. Therefore, you should never hide it outside, emphasizes police crime prevention. By the way: If you have lost your key to the house or apartment, it is best to change the lock cylinder.
Secure windows with anti-theft technology
It is also important that your windows are equipped with burglar protection technology. Because conventional window designs offer no protection, makes police crime prevention clear. These can be opened with simple tools. Burglar-resistant windows are offered in all common materials such as wood, plastic or metal, according to the Association Fenster + Fassade. Those who do not yet have burglar protection in the windows can subsequently install security elements according to the initiative K-Einbruch. In addition, mechanical fuses such as alarm systems are
recommended: Although they do not generally prevent burglary, thieves can be better detected, emphasizes police crime prevention.
If suspicious, call the police
Do you see strangers on the neighbor's property or hear suspicious sounds in their apartment block? If suspected, you should quickly alert the police - so there is a higher chance that thieves will be routed. In the best case, this will prevent uninvited guests from entering your home or apartment.
But even those who do not want to spend money on extensive retrofitting can protect themselves by adhering to a few basic rules of conduct. Whether on vacation or the everyday leaving the house - the more natural these rules are followed, the better.
So should always be paid when leaving, that all windows and doors are closed. This also applies if you only just go to the supermarket around the corner. For insurance reasons alone, this rule is important. If it can be proven that you did not adequately ensure the safety of your home, damage claims can sometimes not be asserted in your home contents insurance. Window on tilt position offer burglars an ideal entry point and make any protection, no matter what security class, destroyed.
The same applies to doors and windows equipped with security locks. Of course, these should also be locked. Often negligence is the biggest risk factor when it comes to protecting your own home. For the same reason, you should never deposit keys in the garden, under the doormat or in the mailbox. Burglars know all the hiding places and are happy about the boarding aid.