A SECURITY expert has shared her top tips for homeowners to ensure their home isn’t next on burglars’ lists.
locksmith Elizabeth Johns Homeowners could then be at risk of burglary Unusual shapes have been found on houses in Stoke-on-Trent.
The shapes were previously dubbed the “Da Pinchi Code,” which is said to be used by crooks to share information about a home with other burglars.
However, utility workers have also been known to leave signs on walls to indicate that an area has been checked for possible problems with things like gas.
But speaking to The Sun Online, Elizabeth – who owns Locksmith L&E in Greater Manchester – said it’s better to play it safe and take action now to protect your home.
She said: “We’ve had burglaries where people have found strange markings on their houses.
“It’s well known in the industry that these things happened.
“Burglars will scout a house and they will tag you.”
She warned that criminals would even mark houses to steal expensive dogs.
Although it’s not common – she warned against it Kidney beans have been used to make a mess at the front door to find out if a homeowner is there or not.
Elizabeth says she doesn’t want to scare homeowners with markings on their home.
However, she stressed that there are a number of things you can do to protect your home.
A top tip is to keep an eye out for unusual events happening around your home and nearby areas.
She said: “There is strength in numbers – watch out for your neighbours.
“Then if something suspicious happens, they can be warned.”
Adequate, up-to-date security in your home is also important to ensure you are extra safe.
The locksmith said: ‘Have security locks – that will stop them from getting in.
“And make sure you put as much security on the back door as you do on the front.”
She added that video surveillance might not deter a burglar, but it can be useful in alerting you to suspicious activity around your home.
Ring video doorbells — which broadcast a live stream to your smartphone — and traditional video surveillance can help catch burglars.
Elizabeth’s top tips for a safe home:
- Make sure all doors and windows are locked at night – these are easy entry points for burglars.
- Never leave valuables in sight of the window – day or night – burglars will be in and out within minutes if they know the location of the valuables.
- When you travel – have someone check your home regularly – and DO NOT advertise that you are travelling.
- Call a locksmith to come and check your property to make sure it’s as safe as possible.
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