After a spate of burglaries in and around Crawley in recent months we felt it might be good to seek some advice on effective affordable security measures.
Security does not have to cost hundreds of pounds. And the technology involved is minimal and simple to use.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Warren Marsh, Director of War-Lock Locksmiths and Security, a high quality and personal locksmith service to both domestic and commercial customers. Warren showed us several types of door locks which can make the difference between a burglar gaining access in 5 seconds or 5 minutes. This extra time could be the deterrent needed to make it too hard work for the burglar. Warren also demonstrated a strong unbreakable bike lock and a dead lock for vans which will all go towards deterring thieves from being able to grab your belongings easily. We also spoke about hiding sets of keys from sight so if someone manages to gain entry they will not have time to search for them. Warren offers a no obligation survey to any home or business owner. If you feel Warren could help you, please visit his website here.
We then went over to Maplin in Crawley to speak to the Manager Nick Crook about what they have in store for the public. Nick told us “we have basics cameras right up to the bigger security kits. The costs range from around £40 to £400. The cameras are simple and easy to set up and do not involve any real experience to set up.” Nick is always in store and happy to give advice and support to anyone wishing to look into a system to protect their homes.
We had a chat with Toni Dixon from Jimmy Chop Chop who unfortunately were broken into on Sunday (13th April). Toni told us “we believe the thieves would have taken a lot more if it was not for the alarm going off when they broke the door in. I would advice anyone to get some kind of security installed, even if it just works as a deterrent….as you can see, it stopped the thieves from being brave enough to take more than they did.” You can see the story on this here.
We spoke to the local police who gave this advice to the public:
A police spokesman said: “We can all do our bit to make our homes more secure.
“We can all ensure that our windows and doors are locked when we’re not at home and if windows are left open at night then we should check they cannot be opened far enough for burglars to get through.
“Put your garden tools and any ladders away into a secure garage or shed after using them. They could be used to break into your home or that of your neighbours.
“Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out and When you leave a room unattended, close and lock windows and doors – especially on the ground floor.
“Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars.
“Finally, keep items like wallets, purses, credit cards, car keys and other valuables out of sight so that someone looking in is not tempted to try to swipe them.
“As the weather gets warmer criminals will be on the look out for easy pickings so please do all you can to make sure you aren’t on their shopping list.”
Please take time to watch this video….lots of good advice and security equipment shown:
Great advice from our local constabulary. We would like to add some advice too. Please do not tell everyone on social networking platforms (facebook, twitter etc) that you are going away, and if you do, make out someone is staying in your house to house-sit. Try not to take pictures of inside your home with your 42″ flat screen in the background or a full frontal picture of your home so people can recognise where you live. Sadly the internet is a burglars paradise, especially Facebook. Also please do not leave your valuables on show in your vehicles and make sure to close all windows tight. Cars have been known to be vandalised or even set alight if windows are not closed tight.
If you hear a strange noise or see a stranger in your street, please call 101 and let the police know. It is never advisable to approach a burglar so let’s not get brave….just speaking on your phone outside the property should be enough to make them think twice about breaking in. They do not like an audience.
We hope this information and the video has given you all some insight into how to make you feel safer in your home. It can be affordable and simple to put into affect.