Use It Or Lose It — That’s How Security Works
“No regrets,” they say. Rolls off the tongue easily enough but, like the rest of us, they’ve probably been ripped off and had their stuff looted too. If they could own up, they might admit to regretting not having taken security precautions, such as those you’re about to read…
Jimmy (a.k.a. “jemmy”) — sounds friendly enough. Not so friendly, however, when it’s the term applied to an act perpetrated by unscrupulous villains. These unsavoury characters prise open (or as they say, “jimmy”) unsuspecting doors and windows, using stealth and sturdy metal objects. They’re also partial to jemmying car doors open with screwdrivers.
A lock is often the line of least resistance, as is the case with most car break-ins. The use of metal objects to open doors and windows is not the only way. Sometimes a brick will do.
What’s A Decent Law-Abiding Citizen To Do?
Put the gun down… Instead, consider the following common sense precautions.
First, a safety net. Make sure your insurance policies are up to date and appropriate. That way, at least you’ll have “new for old” or financial compensation if the unexpected were to happen.
Next, consider the entry points to your property. Are you presenting thieves with too tempting a proposition? For example, pruning leafy plants might be all that’s needed to discourage dirty deeds done dirt cheap.
Add further discouragement with well-placed outdoor lighting. A PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) lighting set-up will fire up at the presence of an intruder.
Are the windows on your house just asking for trouble? You don’t want everyone walking past to see your valued possessions showcased like a window display. Curtains or blinds can help. Step it up with shutters or security screens. The former provides a visual barrier and a degree of physical protection, whereas security grilles are significantly more frustrating for burglars.
Security doors are manufactured to exacting standards, as are security grilles. Having no exposed fixing points, unscrewing or unbolting their frames is no easy feat. They are rated for their capacity to withstand physical assaults, such as kicking with heavy boots or slashing with knives.
Security alarms seem about as effective as barking dogs. The volume and shrillness can produce even greater levels of discomfort at a crime scene than yapping canines. Smarter alarms, however, are designed to produce a quick-response from a security company by making an automated call.
CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) monitoring is another technology helping to improve security.
Locks keep getting smarter too. If you’re not yet familiar with the kind of locks available now, you’re in for a treat. Get in touch with a locksmith in your area now.
Don’t Leave Your Valuables
When you’re looking for a parking space, walking a few extra metres might be safer than leaving your car in a dark back alley.
Be aware that with any parking space, you’ll be taking a risk if you don’t take your valuables with you.
A shrieking car alarm might seem like it’s ignored almost universally, however, it’s doubtful anyone is desperate enough to drive off with the thing blaring in their own ears.
No one will be driving off at all if you have an immobiliser installed. If your car doesn’t have one already, you can get a vehicle immobiliser fitted whenever you’re ready.
Don’t leave it until too late to get in touch with a security expert. You’ll find one in your area, right here on LocalSearch.
Fraser Coast locals, for instance, can get plenty of security advice and good service directly from the following two businesses:
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