Protection Tips to secure your home:


Always check the following before leaving your home:


• Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.

• Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.

• Change all locks when you move into a new house.

• If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.

• Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.

• If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don't want to be observed trying to get in a door.

• Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.

• Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.

• If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.

• If possible install a double door and always look through the peep hole / double door bars before opening the door.

• If your home has multiple entrances and exits and large windows, make sure to check and lock up everything before sleeping or leaving the house.

• As far as possible, keep valuables like expensive jewellery, cash, perfumes etc. locked up in a drawer or cupboard.

• Valuable papers and irreplaceable items should ideally be stored in a steel cupboard or vault.