Laois gardai have issued advice as part of a national safety campaign to protect homes from burglaries during the summer months.
The Summertime Safety Campaign 2018 aims to inform people on how to protect their homes in the hope of reducing the number of burglaries.
Signs of vacancy
The majority of burglaries take place in unoccupied homes. The following are some of the things a burglar looks for:
• No lights on at night, or just ‘dead’ lights on (porch, hall)
• Lights on constantly during the day
• Blinds pulled down, or curtains across during the day
• A build-up of papers and/or flyers in the letter box
• A build-up of letters in the hall or porch visible from outside
• A build-up of milk on the door-step
• Front gates closed and no car in the driveway
• Notes left for delivery men or callers
• Uncut lawn and untidy garden.
Most burglars are opportunists and will select the easiest target that they can find. Don’t offer them assistance by:
• Leaving any window open. Some people do this for ventilation forgetting that burglars will take advantage of the smallest opening
• Leaving external doors unlocked
• Leaving a key on a string, under a doormat, or in some other ‘good hiding place’ outside
• Failing to secure side doors, allowing entry to the back of the premises, which is more vulnerable to attack
• Failing to keep garages and sheds locked. Not only do they contain valuable property, but also tools which may help the burglar gain access to your home