Be vigilant this winter with regards to burglary
24th Oct 2012
Residents living in either their own houses or properties to rent this winter will be aware that the darker weather and longer nights brings additional cold, but many may be unaware of the risk that can come from burglary.
Thieves are often opportunistic at this time of year, using the darkness to give them additional cover. It is also easier to spot unoccupied homes when it is dark in the evenings than it is in summer when residents would not have lights on.
Former burglar Michael Fraser told the Telegraph that the best thing to do is to make sure that the home is never an inviting prospect for opportunists who may be looking to make themselves some quick cash.
"It may seem strange, but a burglar is far more likely to bypass a house where the front gate is shut and go for a house, where the front gate is open," he said, adding that the fact a gate is closed can show that the residents are far more security conscious.
In addition to this, the reformed criminal advised that although tall trees and bushes can give some privacy in the house, they also provide hiding places for thieves, as well as keeping them out of the eye line of anyone passing by.
Posted by Staff Writer: Robin Stenson
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