I don’t know about you but one of the things that has always concerned me is just how susceptible our personal belongings are to the threat of burglary. These include items such as our laptops and mobile phones – things I use and rely on every day.
There are ways that you can help yourself and your belongings if you were the unfortunate victim of a crime and here I list 4 tips.
1. Put a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM card.
By putting a password on your phone and a PIN on your SIM card it will prevent anyone trying to use your phone for calls and taking the SIM out and using it in another phone. Don’t just rely on the factory settings of the phone. All of them have security setting so just take a bit of time to familiarise yourself with them.
2. Use a hard drive to backup your laptop.
One of the most important things to me is the data I store onto my laptop (which I use every single day!) so goodness only knows what I would do if I didn’t back up my data and my laptop got stolen or dropped. Thankfully I have a Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive to protect mine which is where I store all my work and can refer to if anything happened to my computer. If this or any other valuable item gets damaged or stolen then it is also important to have a good house insurance policy. To find a competitive quote then you can visit a comparison website such as Tesco Compare to find the right one.
3. Make sure your home looks occupied.
A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted. So if you are going away there are a few things you can do. Don’t close your curtains during the day and if you would like them closed at night then maybe you could ask a trusted neighbour to go in and open and close them for you. Also, get some automatic timing switches for any lamps in your house and maybe a radio at set times of the day.
4. Keep the exterior secure too.
Fit padlocks to the shed and garage doors. Keep the outside illuminated with security lights – particularly higher risk areas. Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your house by installing locked gates, high fences or walls. Trellis tops also makes climbing difficult. Make sure you remove any items that might make it easy to enter your home such as ladders and garden tools.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a Seagate 3TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive in return for this post however all words and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.