These 7 home security tips will cost you nothing

#1 Safety in numbers
Neighbourhood watches have been a great source of information for Nampol / City Pol and security service providers. And when used properly, WhatsApp groups allow for the quick communication of any criminal or suspicious behaviour to help prevent burglary.

#2 Tip off
Report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to your security provider, neighbourhood watch, or WhatsApp group. If criminals know you are aware they tend to move on.

#3 Markers
Remove any out-of-place objects outside your home: bottles, match boxes, scratches on the ground. Criminals will often use scouts to screen your area prior to an intrusion. Also, if you find any out-of-place objects, be extra alert.

#4 Street people
It’s a good idea not to put out food, recycling materials and so on. Rather support your local shelter and visit your recycle centre. The fewer people you have on your street the easier it will be to identify criminals.

#5 Don’t be the Joneses
Don’t advertise the contents of your home by throwing away the empty box from your new TV set or other expensive electronics. Rather throw this away at your local shop’s skip or recycling centre.

#6 Button the hatches
Protect your property and family by arming your alarm system, even at night while you’re up. Use multiple layers of home security products rather than one or two methods only. Also, outdoor devices and burglar deterrents are a particularly good means of early warning.

#7 Light the night
Switch on your outdoor lights at night as criminals are less likely to consider close quarter surveillance of well-lit properties. It’s also more difficult to see inside the house if the outside lights are on. During the day, consider closing your curtains to hide valuable items from sight.