According to SAPS’ 2010/2011 statistics, there were 247 630 reported cases of residential burglaries across South Africa. Not surprised? Neither am I.
But the fact that our crime rate is so high doesn’t mean we’re completely helpless.
By making a few easy changes, and by using our common sense, we can decrease the chances of our homes being broken into. Here’s how:
Keep it locked.
And by this, I’m not only referring to the back and front doors. If you’re leaving, close everything: windows, curtains, gates and etc.
Keep your garden neat.
It may seem unnecessary, but having a ‘kept’ garden and yard – that is devoid of overgrown trees and bushes – make it difficult for intruders to hide.
Install an alarm.
It used to be a pricey ‘luxury’. These days, however, you can pick up a DIY kit that is inexpensive AND fool-proof!
Consider a dog.
If you can afford to feed an animal and if you’re willing to take the time to care for it/them, then go for it. Remember, the more noise it makes when an intruder is around, the safer you will be.
Fencing and lights.
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Make friends with your neighbours.
If you’re going away, it’s especially beneficial to have them keep an eye on your property. You’d be willing to do the same for them, wouldn’t you? It could be as simple as asking your neighbours to pick up the mail on your doorstep, which would otherwise be a tip-off to burgers that nobody is home.
Have I left anything out? Share your keep-safe strategies in the box below.