Undertaking WIDE is the simplest way to protect your home. A more detailed method is to increase from WIDE and think about the outside of your home (perimeter), the main building of your home (shell) and the contents of your home (interior). Consider each layer separately, like peeling an onion. Click to find out helpful hints on each layer.
- Perimeter - fences and walls, gardens, garages, outbuildings
- Shell - main building, locks, spare keys, alarms
- Interior - high-value items, keys, timed lighting
This process can be applied to every type of home, from the detached house with gardens through to a bedsit in a shared house. It also includes garages and sheds. At each layer the aim is to deter the burglar by installing good security measures and making sure you use them and to delay them by making it harder for them for get in and out.
Some experts say that the overall impression of the home will influence whether it is targeted by a potential offender. As a general rule, if it looks like there is someone inside, the potential burglar is likely to go elsewhere. A home in a dilapidated state will seem easier to break into, so a simple deterrent might be tidying up a garden or repainting doors and window frames.
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