Despite the fact that, in general, thefts are more common at the beginning of the week than at the end of the week, the data show that thieves do not take any rest day. It is very common for thieves to target high-end homes in the London area. Often times they will go after homes that have had a loft conversion done. The reason is that those home renovations are expensive so they know there is money in the house. The most common area for them to target is the wealthy South Kensington, SW7 area.
Here is an article to follow that will keep your loft safe from criminal activities.
1. If you are going to be away for a few days take precautions
￼ When leaving, make sure to close your doors and windows well. Also, those that give access to patios and lofts. Always lock with a key, not just with the slip, because it can be easily opened. Make sure your door has at least two closing points. It will take more time to open it and the thief can give up. Check that there is no gap between the door and the floor. To prevent leverage, reinforce the part of the hinges of your door with steel pivots and metal angles. Secure the basement windows with bars. The windows that overlook patios are especially unprotected because they are hidden from view, close them well when leaving.
￼ 2. Make your house seem inhabited
Do not completely disconnect the electricity. A disconnected ring is a sign of absence. Do not completely close the blinds. The technology makes it easier for you: the automatic timers that turn on and off the lights or the radio help make the house appear inhabited. If you leave the house for a few days, ask a neighbor to pick up your mail. Never hide a spare key near your loft or in places such as a mailbox, flower pots or meter box. It’s where a thief first looks.
3. If you leave valuables, keep them secure
Do not leave your valuables in sight: keys, checkbooks, card keys or access codes to online banking . If you have to leave valuables, better keep them in a safe. Make an inventory with the serial numbers of electronic devices, make and model and photograph them. In case of theft, it is easier to recover them.
4. Avoid discussing your plans on social networks
Posting on Facebook or Twitter the calendar of our holidays is the best way for a thief to know that you will not be at home. Make sure, in addition, that your children do not report your absence or provide personal information.
5. If you live outside an urban area, reinforce the vigilance
Illuminates the entrance, the porch, and the front or backyards. A dog is a good deterrent. Lots of urban areas have Hip to gable conversions which are the most popular type of loft conversion for thieves to break into. Make sure you don’t let this happen to you.
6. Do not open your door to strangers
Opening the door to strange people compromises your safety and that of your neighbors. Accept only services that you have previously requested (water, electricity, telephone, gas) and require accreditation to their representatives. Keep the door closed until you can fully identify the caller. In case of assault, do not touch anything inside, you could destroy evidence.
7. For thieves, all eyes are security cameras.
If you see something strange, give notice. Record the data of the vehicles and people that prowl around the house and give notice. If thieves feel watched it can contribute to them quitting.