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Protecting Your Home & Your Family

Many of us choose to live in Kent because it’s an altogether safer region than London, and yet it’s still close enough to the capital to commute for work or leisure. However, as most of us know, it would be naive to assume that it’s entirely free from crime, and there are of course areas (just like in every county) where crime is more prevalent. Many people, however, tend to believe that because they live in the somewhat nicer neighbourhoods that they will be immune from anything happening to them – sadly, this isn’t the case.

Burglary Can Happen Anywhere

The nicer your home, the more appealing it is to those less than savoury characters who we refer to as burglars. You might live surrounded by other people with the same sort of wealth, aspirations and family life as you do, but that doesn’t mean that the more savvy criminals will always stay away. After all, it’s likely that you have things that they want. Whether it’s jewels, money, a nice car or simply those everyday household items you’ve worked hard for, they’re yours and yet other people will at times feel entitled. It’s a sad reality of life, but you can thankfully protect yourself and your loved ones from experiencing anything terrible (as best as you can, anyway).

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House” (CC BY 2.0) by  andrewmalone 

 

How To Protect Yourselves​

The unfortunate truth is that there’s often nothing a victim of burglary did to invite such happenings. However, there are many ways that you can keep the family safe. House alarm systems these days are state of the art, and you should ensure that the level of security you choose matches with the property you own. You don’t want to be cutting corners in these instances! These days, you want all the trimmings – a home alarm that sends a response once it’s activated (such as a guard), as well as an SOS button for emergencies (heaven forbid you’re at home when someone enters).

You can also do the obvious things, such as locking doors when you leave the property, and not advertising when you’re not going to be home. In the past, people would often have somebody come round to their house whilst they took a well-deserved holiday, to leave a light on or take in the mail, for example. In 2016, that might not be enough. You need to create the illusion that the property is occupied at all times. It’s obviously a treat to get away, but insurers reckon you could be putting your home at risk by posting all about your antics online. Perhaps you could wait until you return to Kent to show off, or have someone you trust to housesit if you simply can’t wait?

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the cat burglar” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  theupper 

Whilst we’re on the subject, too, insurance is imperative. Sometimes the worst is unavoidable, but the best protection in those cases is to have a backup so you can quickly and easily replace what is lost.

At the end of the day, your lives are more important than your possessions. However, your life doesn’t need the stress of suffering home invasion. Protect yourselves!

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