A burglary happens every single day in the UK, even during a pandemic. And while we have previously given you tips on how to reduce the risk of being burgled, today let’s take a look at the 11 things about your home Burglars just can’t resist.
The puzzle was created by Philips Hue smart lighting to highlight the best ways to keep your home secure as evenings grow darker. Your task? To find the 11 hidden security risks.
On average, it takes a reader 120 seconds to spot the 11 clues, during which time it’s estimated an average of three burglaries will have occurred in the UK.
“A burglar will look at a row of houses in a street and look for the obvious signs that someone is away and it’s easy to get into.” Said Andy Baxter, Philips Hue product manager at Signify.
“People can often get complacent when they live on a quiet road with a community feel – leaving windows open or letting post pile up in sight through the porch window – so it’s worth coming up with some tactics to protect your home from thieves.”
Andy goes on to say “Leaving lights on and drawing curtains are commonly considered as deterrents to burglars, but it can look suspicious when left on throughout the night.”
“There are simple ways to prevent break-ins and now even more smart ways.
*Answers are below
- Light left on throughout the night – lights on at strange times make it obvious no one is home.
- Door is unlocked – Garage, shed and conservatory doors should be locked regardless of where you live.
- Valuable items seen through the window – valuable items on display can entice intruders.
- Rubbish – Boxes for expensive items, such as tech, in recycling areas can give a lot away.
- A key under a doormat – It’s an easy find like setting a password as 1234.
- Having an alarm system in line of sight – This means burglars can see if it’s activated.
- Curtains left half open – letting people see into your home and who’s there or not.
- Post piled up in the letter box – this could signal an unoccupied property.
- Ladder in the garden – building materials such as ladders can easily be used to smash or reach windows.