All burglary victims say it: you feel violated in your privacy and it takes time to feel safe in your home again. While stolen property is quickly forgotten because insurance pays for it, the trauma is harder to live with.

No home is completely safe from an attempted burglary. But there are some very practical and often uncomplicated tips (sometimes simple good habits) that help protect your home.

We have selected the 9 best tips, which you can apply on a daily basis or before going on holiday.

Reducing the risks of burglary

Inform the police of a prolonged departure.

The police can pass in front of your house free of charge during their rounds. To do so, you just have to inform the police station of your absence or your departure on holiday.

From time to time, they will also stop to go around, check that there is no attempted break-in and make sure that everything is in order.

Do not publish your vacation on social networks.

Social networks are real targeting tools for burglars. Thanks to Facebook or Instagram, they can find out if you’re planning to go away, if you’re on vacation, what your valuables are, and so on.

If you can’t resist the urge to announce your future vacations, don’t give out the dates. We also advise you to change your privacy settings to share your photos only with your friends and family.

Trim hedges and shrubs regularly.

A good pruning of shrubs near doors and windows helps to avoid convenient hiding places for burglars. Also, it is always a good signal to show that the house is regularly maintained. Especially if you are going on holiday.

A neglected house can be a sign of prolonged absence and will be a better target for thieves.

Close the curtains and shutters.

Avoid intrusive and malicious glances, mask the view, close curtains, blinds or shutters. This will be one less opportunity for burglars to spot a burglar. Not knowing what they will find and not being able to assess the level of security in the house, they will be less likely to attempt a break-in.

To add a complication to burglars, ask your neighbour to open them during the day and close them at night. The house will appear to be inhabited (or at least guarded).
An overflowing mailbox is a signal of prolonged absence that could tempt a burglar. When you go on vacation, have someone you trust remove the mail every day.

Secure your home (and show burglars that it is)

Install CCTV cameras.

Today, these technologies have become very cheap. For a hundred euros, you can already install a few surveillance cameras that communicate in Wifi and give you real-time feedback on your smartphone. It’s the simplest solution, because it’s not only cheap, but it doesn’t involve any cabling work.

Installing an alarm system

With an alarm system, you take it up a notch in safety. A camera is not a deterrent while an alarm is. Especially since some alarm systems are connected to a central station. This means that as soon as the alarm sounds, security experts verify the possibility of an intrusion and then call the police if necessary.

Some of the most modern alarm systems are also connected to your smoke detectors, which allows you to call the fire department in the event of a fire. Think about this when you equip yourself.

Install automatic lights

In the same vein as surveillance cameras, there are connected light bulbs, which you can control from your smartphone. You can even create on/off scenarios that correspond to a normal life.

If this solution still seems inaccessible or too complicated, there is still the “old-fashioned” solution, with simple timers on the sockets of your lamps.

H-Sécurité is able to answer all your questions about prevention, do not hesitate to contact us.