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Here are a few tips of what they look for when shopping for a house to burglarize. These tips will help you enjoy the holidays without incident.


Burglars look for an easy entry with good escape routes. Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it’s easily visible from the street. It’s too tempting for them to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages.


Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, or advertising fl yers hanging on the door knob. Use an inexpensive light timer when you are away and ask a neighbour to keep the front of your home clean of papers and debris.


ABOVE: The Dremel Engraver can be used to engrave personal details such as postal codes, names and telephone numbers onto items of value like laptops, a/v equipment, cameras and mobile phones etc making it easier to recover stolen goods. The Dremel Engraver comes complete with a letters and numbers template so engraving is really easy. Use the carbide tip for unhardened glass, soft plastics, leather and wood. Or switch to the diamond tip for engraving ceramics, hard plastics, metal and hardened glass. The Dremel Hobby Engraving kit costs £28.99 from www.dremel-direct.com


RIGHT: Comfort Wall mounted keypad controls security, heating, lighting, home entertainment and much more. Available from Comfort Intelligent Home System.


BELOW RIGHT: When home alone, even with doors and windows locked, feel vulnerable and many women take measures such as placing a chair or even a rubber stop behind a door to prevent it being opened, but the ila WEDGE Doorstop Alarm goes one step further. Wedge it underneath the door and this innovative personal safety device, not only makes it more diffi cult for an intruder to open the door, it also emits a piercing 130dB siren when moved if someone tries to open the door. This will not only scare off any attacker but will also warn the victim that they have an unwanted visitor. Available from House of Fraser priced £14.95. And like all products from ila Security, it is pretty and stylish, so is not an eyesore in a room.


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Safety Tips for Christmas Christmas holidays are a special time when families and friends come together to celebrate the season. It is also the time of year where families and friends are most generous and practice the tradition of gift giving. It should be a joyous and happy time for all of us. Unfortunately for us, home burglars


view the holiday season a little differently. For them, it is a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, and all the new gifts of small electronics, computers, jewelry, and easily sold valuables.


Burglars know to look for the hidden door key near the front entrance. Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in fl owerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbour.


Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. Sliding windows that are not secure can be seen from distance. One holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured. Hire an electrician or handyman to install an inexpensive exterior outlet for your holiday lights.


Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or on you house. A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and call your home while in front of your house to confi rm that you are away.


Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like, “You’ve reached the Wilson’s…we’re away skiing for the Christmas holidays…please leave a message.” Burglars love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and completely ransack your home.


After Christmas day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, DVD player, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage man. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break them down or cut them up to conceal the items better. After a lucrative burglary, the chances of being burglarized again are increased to steal the new replacement products.


Last, but not least, fortify your home by installing solid core doors, heavy duty locks, longer screws in the lock strike plates and door hinges, and install secondary security devices on all accessible sliding windows.


ABOVE: Brass Quadrant fastener from Jim Lawrence.


ABOVE RIGHT: Detail showing brass teardrop style handle. The Sash Window Workshop.


December 2010 – January 2011 | Traditional Homes & Interiors 101


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