The crime statistics for London and the suburbs don’t make good reading. Although official figures show burglaries and crime against property is falling, the figures do not take into account unreported break-ins. This may typically be unauthorised access to garden sheds or garages, or where a break in has occurred and nothing has been taken. There are several areas in London which are regarded as ‘hot spots’. However, even if you do not live in a crime hotspot that is no guarantee you won’t become a crime statistic. So what can be done to prevent it?
Image of a locksmith’s typical toolkit courtesy of Lock It Right Door Repairs
Prevention – much better than cure
The website of the Metropolitan Police is one of the best places to visit for advice on securing your home against burglary, theft from outbuildings and criminal damage. Over one million burglaries are committed in England and Wales every year. According to the emergency locksmith Clapham by LockItRight webpage a few simple steps can taken help secure your property, and cost a lot less than making good losses and damages caused as a result of a break-in.
Typically the weakest entry points are the front and rear exits. To improve the strength of a door you can take the following steps:
- Install spy holes
- Install kick plates
- Upgrade locking mechanisms
- Install reinforcing bars to doors and frames
In addition you can add lights to the exterior of the property which are controlled by infrared or motion sensors. As soon as motion or heat is detected, the lights will be automatically switched on. Burglars do not like the light and will shy away from a well lit building. Another deterrent is to install grills and/or bars over windows.
Other simple security measures
In addition to the aforementioned deterrents and security upgrades, you may also want to consider your driveway, side paths and approaches to the property. Gravel or shingle paths and driveways are extremely noisy when walked on. Potential burglars prefer the dark and stealth. Walking over gravel will give the game away.
One neat trick we use in our property as an additional security feature is a recording of a barking dog. It is triggered by motion and infrared sensors in much the same way as the security lighting. Burglars do not like the thought of being the main course on a doggy menu.
Of course these are just a few suggestions to keep the bad guys out when you’re not in your commercial premises or home. However, when we’re at home or in work how often do we leave doors and windows open, especially in the summer months.
Many thefts from property are opportunist. If anyone less than honest sees an opportunity to get in via an open window or door, chances are they’ll take it.
Don’t become a crime statistic and don’t leave yourself open to theft. Consult a professional locksmith today for help and advice about beefing up your home and business security. Prevention is always better than cure, unless of course you’re a dog with a taste for burglar.
Internet is now a norm of life. There is literally nothing that is being done without internet. Education seems to be benefiting from internet considerably. This can be gauged from the fact that the students, teachers and administration all use internet one way or another now. There are numerous functions of internet in education and gathered here are some of the few that are foremost.
Internet has allowed teachers to research on their topics easily. They don’t have to spend countless hours in library to study and learn about various aspects of a single topic. Teachers can add more pertinent information about the topic and make their classes more engaging for their students.
Internet allows students to easily get lecture slides and notes from online portals. They don’t have to get photocopies of lectures and notes from their friends. All they have to do is sit at home and get all the notes they want. Secondly research articles and academic papers are also easily available online making it incredibly easy for students to access them and read them.
Learning about admissions and other news
Internet allows students to know about new admissions. They can access universities websites and learn about their programs and admission costs easily.