One of the easiest crimes to prevent -- burglary -- is also one of the most common. A break-in, even when you're not there, has a major impact on your and your family's sense of safety and well-being. But burglaries don't have to happen. There are a lot of things you can do to boost home security and make your house burglary-resistant. First of all, fit security locks to all doors and windows and a safety chain on the front door. And don’t forget to use them, even if you are going out for a short time. Secondly, don’t rely on so-called secret places for keys or jewellery – they are the first place a burglar will look into. Really valuable items, such as jewellery should be left with your bank. If you don’t find this convenient, put in a small security safe. They are not easy to open in a short amount of time. Moreover, maintain an up-to-date list of valuables and their descriptions and keep them with your insurance company. Apart from this, if you have just moved into a house in a new district, you are particularly vulnerable. Never let strangers into your house and install an effective alarm system. Besides, don’t advertise the fact that your house is empty. Ask your neighbours to check your mail, switch your lights on and off and even mow the lawn to make your house look occupied. An additional precautionary measure, in case you are going on holiday, is to call at your local police station and tell them you are going away, so that they can contact you in case of trouble. Many people believe their homes are safe and secure, unless it is broken into by a burglar. But as they say, an Englishman’s home is his castle, so we need to do our utmost to protect it – the consequences of recklessness may be heart breaking. By following a few home safety steps, you can increase the security of your home, protecting your family and valuables.
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