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  • Writer's pictureDavid Ryder

Home Security Advice

We all need to focus on November and December to prevent domestic burglaries in Turks and Caicos Islands at the onset of Thanksgiving and the Christmas season. Read our brief guide to help keep your property more secure.

Basic home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. A lot of burglaries are spur of the moment, as a burglar may see an open window or other easy point of entry and take their chance.

Tips to consider

  • Securely lock all doors and windows before leaving the house. It's easy to forget when you're in hurry, but it's the simplest way for a burglar to enter your home.

  • A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it's worth making sure your home looks occupied.

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even if you are just out for a couple of hours.

  • Visibly and permanently marking your belongings helps you and the police identify them if they are stolen. It can also make it difficult for the thief to dispose of the property. Use SmartwaterCSI forensic marking fluid which we can supply. It matches the property to your details on the SmartwaterCSI database.

  • Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates, 2 metre minimum fencing or walls. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult.

  • Security lighting can be used to make offenders feel vulnerable and observed. It is suggested that you use dusk to dawn lighting.

  • Visible and audible burglar alarms are a deterrent. There are many to choose from.

  • Never discuss your security requirements or existing arrangements with a doorstep caller or salesperson.

  • Work with your neighbours to keep an eye on each other's security, Neighbourhood Watch groups are good for this.

  • In an emergency please call the police on 911.

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