Security tips to prevent residential burglaries
Residential burglaries occur when residents are out of town or simply out of the house for some period of time. The director of the local police, Gabriel Arturo Yáñez Saldaña, said that often the burglars have some familiarity with the house or the residents’ schedules. He shared with Atención a list of security tips to avoid these kinds of burglaries.
Reinforce all the locks of the house, including those of windows.
If you leave the house, make sure that all the doors and windows are locked.
Protect skylights with steel bars. People could get into the house through these accesses and later open the doors. It is also advisable to protect the doors and windows with bars.
Leave the lights in the patios, gardens and main doors of the house turned on when you go out at night.
If you go on vacation, do not leave the lights turned on. It is better to talk with a neighbor or a relative and ask them to be in charge of turning the lights on and off and picking up the mail, so it is not obvious that the house is uninhabited.
Be discreet with the information shared with housekeepers. If a housekeeper or other domestic employee is fired and has keys to the house all the locks should be changed immediately.
People should also be discreet about sharing information on social media, especially when it is related to their houses.
Install an alarm system.
If you leave the house for short periods, do not leave notices stuck to the door, such as “I went to the store, be back in 30 minutes.”
In earlier times it was not uncommon for homeowners to thread a cord from the inner latch through a hole in the door for ease of entry from the outside. This should not be done.
It helps if you have a good relationship with your neighbors; they are the best allies in security matters.