I have this friend’s daughter who got married pretty recently and shot off to the most coveted trip- her honeymoon. Everything was just so brilliant about the idea except for the fact that she announced it boldly, unabashedly and perhaps in an over-the-top way on Facebook (Facebook and Twitter are our constellations today and thanks Lord that Twitter is a Microblogging site where posting details is tougher).
So to come back to the narrative, the beautiful couple posted each and every detail about the trip on the Social Media behemoth.
Abstain from Social Media publicity
Last heard, her home, in her absence, suffered three elaborately chalked out attempts at burglary. First two were foiled by destiny but the third one cost her more dollars than she would like to accept over any online platform.
Burglars are not obsessed with morality
Burglars, in good old days, still had some kind of morals but today, the collective conscience of society has deteriorated to some extent and different kind of moral ambiguities have set in.
In times when a conscientious citizen does not mind making a character error, burglars can only be expected to do anything within their disposal to rob you off. It then becomes doubly important on your part to be extremely cautious.
Give an impression of peopled home
I feel and for good reason, too, that giving an impression of a ‘ being lived in’ residence is your best bet against burglars. You can do it in many ways. As a first, you can rely on a trustworthy neighbour to do the necessary yards. I mean he won’t have to work too hard to park his car in your garage when you are out for the sea and sand. He can mow your lawn and manicure your garden.
All these activities discourage the burglars. They are far from feeling comfortable about the situation. They begin to harbour doubts; whether their information about holidaying residents was wrong in the first place?
The same objective can also be fulfilled by electric timers. These switch on and off the lights at a pre-stipulated hour. Naturally, the burglars are fooled into believing that somebody is present in the house (remember what Holmes used to do for his Baker street home).
These ideas talked about, I think I can never quite bring home the efficacy of the security systems. The surveillance screens are a handful. Any home with a smart motion detector or CCTV fittings or equally enterprising burglar alarms systems proposes a deterrent to burglars.
I think it won’t be out of place to talk about the sheer effectiveness of deadbolts either. They tower well above the spring bolts which can be broken through without access to the keys.
What trick do you use to fool burglars?