Car security begins at home
In the majority of cases, opportunistic thieves will simply look for open doors and windows - and they find them. The top four most common mistakes made my home owners include leaving:
- windows open
- valuables in view
- keys by doorways
- Parcels or mail out
Social media is also a concern with some thieves being known to 'scope out' unoccupied premises this way. Be sure to keep personal information to a minimum when using sites such as Facebook and Twitter and avoid posting status updates that inform others of your movements.
The most effective theft deterrents were found to be:
- Having a dog
- Working alarm systems
- Lights being on inside the house
- Grilled windows/doors
- High visibility of property from road
- Sensor lights
Importantly, get to know your neighbours. They will be able to assist in noticing any suspicious activity around your premises and collecting mail and moving rubbish bins when you are away for an extended period of time.