Kerry Beating the Burglars

10 Nov

The following points are according to the 11th annual eircom PhoneWatch annual report:

  • Burglaries in Kerry have remained the same year on year, however nationally they have risen by 4.12%
  • 2011 report reveals March as the most burgled month of the year in Kerry, whereas nationally it is November
  • In addition, Kerry makes up just 1% of burglaries nationwide

 

Top 5 Tips to make your home less attractive to burglars.

  1. Ensure front door does not just display 1 cylinder lock. Ideally the front door should have a deadlock and a secure chubb lock.
  2. Be sure it’s not possible to look through the letter box. Install a cage or a box around the inside of your letter box.
  3. Make sure your window locks are prominent.
  4. Make it hard to see in the front window.
  5. Watermark your items with a watermark pen, and display a sticker saying your items are watermarked on the front of your house.

Top 5 Tips to avoid the most common methods of entry for burglars.

  1. Chain up plastic wheelie bins as they can be used as ladders or even for carrying the stolen items.
  2. Chain patio sets and ladders as they can be used to gain entry to first floor.
  3. Make sure your shed is locked with a secure padlock.
  4. Do not rely on one lock for the back door, install bolts on the inside.
  5. Make sure your window locks are prominent and don’t clearly display a calendar in the kitchen as this will alert the burglar to holidays etc.

Also eircom PhoneWatch have teamed up  with Michael Fraser, star of BBC’s Beat the Burglar to provide some video clips on how to make your home more secure:

Secure house from outside:

Secure while on holiday:

How to spot a burglar:

Secure house from inside:

 

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