Your home is your castle. It's the one place where you should feel secure. Around of all burglaries happen on the spare of the moment through unlocked doors or windows.
New technology helps keep our homes safe but burglars are finding new ways to overcome these safeguards.
A recent article from Wales Online states new ways in which burglars are becoming more creative with ways to break into your home from breaking locks to using social media.
Full article can be seen here;
Research shows people leave an average of 5 clues on social media profiles which tell a thief where they live and whether it's worth breaking in.
Criminologists found many posts on social media had photos or references showing the account holder to have objects of desire - new cars, designer wear, mobile phones and property.
These images usually had a hash tag attached to them relating to the item and describing it as new.
Despite these risks , there are ways you can help keep your home safe and difficult for intruders:
Lock the door when you get in.
Avoid posting about new items, holidays, pictures of your home where you can see anything which lets someone know where you live.
Don't keep a spare key under the doormat , flower pot or anywhere obvious.Keep the area surrounding your home free of litter and free from a build up of letters/leaflets . This is an indicator to burglars that nobody is home.
Going on holiday? Cancel deliveries for milk, newspapers etc as again a build up is an indicator that nobody is in.
Get rid of hedges, trees and bushes that make a good hiding place. Lay gravel on paths and driveways - it makes it difficult for anyone to tip toe up to your house.
Erase the destination 'home' from your sat nav. If your car was stolen , the thief would know where you live.
If there is an intruder in your home, don't go down and confront them - call the police immediately.
If you get home and you suspect an intruder don't go in - call the police immediately.