TIPS FROM REAL BURGLARS FOR SECURING YOUR HOME

What better way to learn how to protect your home from burglars than from burglars themselves? Nicholas Kyriazis was a burglar who has broken into and burglarized at least 100 homes. Now he is giving tips on how he did it and how you can prevent yourself from being targeted by other criminals.

Note: Nicholas Kyriazis has no affiliation with Hawk Security and these tips were extricated from a previous interview he had given.

  • Have a neighbor collect your mail when you’re away. Uncollected mail in the mailbox signals to burglars that no one is home.
  • Leave your car in the driveway or right out in front of your home. “If there are no cars in the driveway, there’s a good chance there is no one home,” Kyriazis says.
  • Thieves often strike in the morning. While most people may think they are most vulnerable at night, while they are sleeping or when it’s dark out, Kyriazis says he typically burgled homes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. More than half of convicted burglars surveyed by WNBC in New York also said they targeted homes in the morning. This is a great reason to make sure you have an alarm system set before heading off to work.
  • Have a neighbor watch your house. Kyriazis called neighborhood watch “one of the best things they ever started for burglary prevention.” Your home security service will install security cameras around your property, but it isn’t always enough. Having extra eyes watching throughout the neighborhood is key to preventing crime.
  • Lock up when you leave. “I’ve never carried burglary tools,” Kyriazis says. Many people leave doors and windows unlocked, and thieves take advantage. Prevent anyone from getting easy access to your home by locking up, no matter how short your trip and no matter how safe you think your neighborhood is.
  • Dogs can be a good deterrent. Kyriazis says a barking dog would give him pause because he didn’t know what kind of dog he was about to face. This is a potential threat intruders cannot get past and sometimes that’s enough to dissuade them.
  • Never engage a burglar. Thieves and experts agree that if you come upon a burglary in progress, the best option is to leave, find a safe place, and call 911 immediately. If you confront a burglar, he, or she, may panic and attack. Even if the burglar gets away, it’s not worth risking your life.

Keep these tips in mind when protecting your home and prevent your house from being an easy target.

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Nine must know tips to secure your home

Whenever you are planning a well-deserved holiday break make sure your home is secure before you set out on your journey.

Bianca de Beer, spokesman for Dialdirect Insurance urged homeowners to ensure that their home security is top-notch before going away.

“According to the SA Victims of Crime Survey 2016, unguarded doors and windows greatly increase your risk for burglaries and break-ins.

“Of the 30 000 people surveyed, 44.8 per cent stated that burglars entered their homes by smashing a door and 34.2 per cent said they got in through a window.

“Interestingly, the days are also long gone when criminals mostly waited for the dark of night for cover, with 24.3 per cent of these break-ins occurring in the afternoon,” said de Beer.

With this in mind, having burglar bars fixed to all opening windows and security gates fitted to all external doors is no longer a nice to have – it’s become essential.

Here are some other things you can do to ensure you find home in the exact same state you left it in before going on holiday.

First check that you are properly covered on your insurance policy for all of your household items.

The amount for which you have insured the contents of your home should be equivalent to the amount it would cost to replace all the items with new items, at today’ prices.

Make sure you have an up-to-date inventory list of all your household possessions.

Most insurance companies will also recommend that you have an alarm system installed that is linked to a reliable armed response company.

Even with both of these measures in place, the lack of a human presence in your home is always obvious from outside. The best way to ensure peace of mind is to employ a house sitter. A house that’s occupied is almost always safer than a house that’s empty. See if you can get a trusted friend or relative to stay at your home while you are away.

Curtains being opened and closed, lights being switched on and off and the presence of a car in the driveway are all signs that people are coming and going.

If nobody will be house sitting, it’s worth your while to put your lights on a timer, and in several rooms. Set the timer to turn on the living room lights at sunset, as you would if you were home.

Cut back any trees or bushes that obscure your front door or driveway. These could be used as hiding places.

Clean up in the garden and be sure to lock away spades, rakes and other tools which could conceivably be used to break a window or gain entry into your home.

De Beer also reminds homeowners that upgrading their home security could result in lower home contents insurance premiums.

“The level of security in your home is one of the underwriting conditions that goes into determining your monthly premium. If your home is safer, your risk profile decreases and your premium could be reduced as well,” she said.

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Keyless entry for cars – what you need to know

Keyless entry – it’s all the rage. Why even my Renault has it. And you can see why it’s proving popular as you rarely have to get the key (if it should still be called a key) out of your pocket or bag and the car just unlocks, starts, drives and locks again after.

But is there a downside? Yes, in a word – security. For example, devices are available that boost the signal between the car and fob that can then mean the car thinks the owner is within proximity and allows the doors to be opened, belongings to be removed and potentially for the car to be started and driven away aka stolen.

This seems to be what happened to a colleague of mine. His brand new E-Class was parked outside a restaurant with the fob inside about 10 yards away from the car which should mean it’s out of range. The car was taken without any fuss or commotion. It appears that some security function did kick as the car was later found in a nearby car park, apparently having gone into limp home mode but it could easily have been put on a truck never to be seen again.

Fortunately, the insurance companies don’t seem to be treating these vehicles as higher risk and therefore there’s no current impact on premiums but a flood of claims could easily change this status.

There’s another potential issue when a car is shared by two or more drivers. Another friend of mine was test driving a BMW for a few days. On one of the days her other half drove initially and then she took over the driving, leaving him at home. The engine wasn’t stopped as he got out and she moved seats. You can probably guess where this is going. A straightforward drive to Meadowhall was followed by a straightforward bit of retail therapy followed by returning to a locked car that wouldn’t have started even if the doors had managed to be opened. The fob had to be brought to the car in another vehicle. Fortunately it wasn’t late at night and the car was in a safe place but it could have been very different.

What can you do to avoid such problems?

To avoid unwanted entry and theft, there may be a few options. With my car, if I lock it using the physical button on the fob, it has to be unlocked by pressing the other fob button which gets round the unwanted third party entry problem. But I forget to do this and other brands may work differently. I’m told that wrapping the key in aluminium foil blocks the signal and this could be an option if you have a spare key at home that rarely used but it’s hardly a solution for the main fob. You can also buy RFID blocking bags or cases quite cheaply but this also means you effectively have to stop using the keyless element as you’ll have to take the key out of the wrapper to either press the button or for the vehicle to pick up the signal.

I’m not sure what the short term answer is to completing a journey without the key that started the engine other than both drivers constantly carrying their keys but that’s not the solution if there are 3 or more drivers as cars tend to come with two keys only. Maybe we just have to remember to leave the key when swapping drivers but it’s not exactly foolproof.

Long term though the onus is on the manufacturers to beef up the security or ditch the technology. It could be simple improvements like the ability to switch off keyless entry or constant warnings if the key leaves the car whilst the engine is on. Tracker technology that kicks in if the car or van is driven without the key wouldn’t prevent theft but would facilitate recovery. Whilst most cars don’t have trackers fitted, factory fitted satnav which is fairly standard now does provide the basic technology. Perhaps the answer will be something such as fingerprint or retina identification of authorized drivers with the system reset every time the driver’s seat is vacated.

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Easy Home Security Tips

With March Break coming up, the security of your home is at an all-time high. Breaks ins are common around times when many families will be taking time off to enjoy sunnier destinations. Your home’s security should always be a top priority, so we’ve put together some easy tips to make sure your home is protected whether you’re away on vacation or just out for the day.

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Alarm systems:

For those in houses, this is often the first step towards a more secure home. When considering installing a new alarm system, opt for one with concealed wiring. If a burglar can clearly see the wires, they can easily disconnect them. To find out more about the best alarm system for your home, check out this article for a more in-depth breakdown.

Locks:

It’s important to always lock your door, whether you’re in a house, condo or apartment. Even when going out for a short time, like going down to the laundry or to check your mail. It only takes a minute for a burglar to walk in, take something and walk out. It’s also a good idea to install new locks when you move into a new place. While a locksmith can seem expensive upfront, you’ll be glad you invested in this added measure of security.

Doors:

Having the right door is important when it comes to the security of your home. Be sure to have a front door that is solid and cannot be kicked in. A solid wood door is your best bet, but there are other options out there, such as metal and fibreglass. Make sure there is no space between your door and the frame, as even the slightest gap leaves room for an intruder to use a tool to get in. Find a professional to reinforce the door frame if you’re concerned about this. Also, be sure to check that the door hinges are on the inside of your home. If not, take down the door and reset the hinges as exposed hinges are an easy target.

Balcony and Patio Doors:

Always keep your balcony and patio doors locked when they’re not in use. An easy way you can add further security is to place something in the track of the sliding door. This could be a store bought device, a metal bar or pipe, or a common household object like a broom handle or even a hockey stick. Anything that makes it harder to slide the door open will help to ensure the door stays closed even if the lock is compromised.

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Tips to Protect Your Home While You Are Away

With more than 2 million burglaries reported in the United States each year according to the U.S. Department of Justice, protecting your home is critically important, especially while you are away on vacation

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Many break-ins are opportunistic crimes, in which thieves see an occasion to break into a home easily because a door or window is unlocked, a hidden key is easily accessed, or the doors are not equipped with  high-quality locks.

Secure your home with a tested deadbolt. One of the best tips to protect your home while on vacation is to ensure you have a secure door locks to your home. Master Locksmith John Charnley recommends securing your home with a deadbolt that has been verified as secure by a third-party organization, like the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the voluntary standardization to develop and maintain performance standards for builder’s hardware.

Kwikset smart lock deadbolts feature SmartKey® technology that provides extra security against lock picking and lock bumping. Kwikset’s BumpGuard™ takes anti-bumping protection a step further with a patented side-locking bar – instead of a traditional pin and tumbler design – to protect specifically against lock bumping. There are a variety of smart lock options that you can open with a traditional key, key pad, key fob or Bluetooth-enabled features on a smartphone.

In addition to securing your entry with a deadbolt, another important burglary prevention item to consider is your door itself. Doors that are made from sturdy materials, such as fiberglass, solid wood, solid wood core and/or metal are more difficult to force entry, and serve as a deterrent for opportunistic break-ins. When installing your door, ensure that you have no exposed hinges, which burglars can possibly unscrew and remove to gain entry into your home, and choose to install doors that swing outwards, as opposed to inwards, to help prevent forced entry. As an extra security measure, reinforce your doorframe with several 3-inch screws nailed into the doorframe to absorb any forced entry and add difficultly for burglars to breach.

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