Some Useful Hints, as Suggested by the Security Companies
Most, but not all burglaries occur over the weekends and sometimes on a Thursday nights or Monday mornings. Be extra vigilant in the latter part of a week.
For obvious reasons, full moon is a great time for burglars.
They often choose windy and rainy nights, so that the noise they make is masked.
Be on the lookout for dubious characters on residential streets during the day. They may be “casing the joint”. Their presence could indicate an imminent hit. Contact your security provider and ask for extra night-time surveillance.
Our local burglars are on the lookout for flat-screen TVs, laptops, tablets, wallets, handbags and cell phones. Make sure that these are out of sight. If you are away, lock them in a cupboard or hide them somewhere. The burglars need to make a quick getaway and are unwilling to waste time searching for these items.
If you have a DSTV dish, you are telling the burglars that you have a TV set on the premises. You will need to be extra vigilant.
If you replace a flat-screen TV set or laptop, do not leave the packaging lying around. You will invariably be targeted a second time.
Consider a silent alarm in place of a loud siren. This means that there is a greater chance that the criminals will be caught.
If you are alone and nervous, sleep with the remote control on a ribbon round your neck. If you hear noises in the night, pretend to be asleep. Do not confront the burglars as this could end in violence. Instead, press the panic button.
Unless they are properly secured, sliding doors are very easy to remove.
The modus operandi of most of the house-breakers is to hide the loot in bushes nearby to make an unencumbered getaway. This is collected later when the coast is clear. If you have had a break-in, immediately search for the stolen property in the bushes close to your house. You may be lucky.
Always ensure that important documents on your laptop are backed up on a harddrive. Store this in an inaccessible place.
When you are inside, activate the outside alarms. This gives you warning of impending danger and may well scare away the burglar.
Consider upgrading your alarm system for peace of mind.