Having someone intrude in your home is a frightening experience. In addition to potentially losing precious belongings, you could be left feeling violated, vulnerable and frightened. What’s more, if an intruder should be hurt while in your home or even in your garden, you could be held liable for their personal injuries. Here are five ways to deter intruders.
How to deter intruders
The following tips should help you to deter intruders more effectively:
- Install sturdy, visible locks. Installing strong, visible locks to all your doors and windows is often enough to deter would-be intruders.
- Lock your doors. Keeping everything locked even when you are at home and especially at night is important. Every door should also have a deadbolt and sliding patio doors should be fitted with specific anti-entry devices that prevent them from being removed from their frames.
- Install an alarm. Having an alarm system is a great way of deterring intruders. Ensure the response time of your alarm company is fast and consider having police notified automatically in the event of an alarm.
- Install security cameras. Ideally, you should have outdoor or indoor night-vision cameras and a large enough hard drive to record several days’ worth of video. If the ‘real thing’ is too much for your budget, consider investing in high quality fakes that cannot be easily identified as dummies instead.
- Install motion-activated lights. Installing motion-activated floodlights that illuminate shadowed areas of your property and entry points into your home with a strong, wide viewing area light is often enough to deter intruders, who generally like to stay in the dark.
You may also want to consider getting a police security check, get strong, thick doors that are not easy to break into and keep your most valuable possessions in a fire-proof, bolted-down safe.
If you have a pool in your garden, you should consider surrounding it with a fence to prevent slips, trips and falls into the pool and subsequent compensation claims by intruders.
Slipping, tripping or falling into someone else’s pool or on someone else’s property could, by the way, also entitle you to make a personal injury claim. This applies as much if you have a slip, trip or fall in a friend’s house as it does in shops, restaurants and other public establishments.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice