Over 200 properties are broken into every day in Belgium. Falling victim to a break-in brings a large number of consequences. As well as the unanticipated damage to your home and the theft of your valuables, there is also a psychological impact. You are left with a feeling of insecurity due to somebody having invaded your private life.
What steps can you take to prevent a break-in?
There are a number of much cheaper measures you can take to reduce the risk of a break-in beyond installing alarm systems or camera surveillance. Find out how to ward off burglars by following a few simple tips.
1. Install exterior lighting with a motion detector
2. Avoid planting tall hedges in front of your home, as these can conceal criminals while they go about their business
|3. Lock not just your windows and doors, but also your garage, your garden shed, etc.|
|4. Do not stick any notes on your door to let people know that you are not at home|
|5. Ask somebody to collect your post for you, as an overflowing postbox gives a clear signal that you are not at home|
|6. Do not leave any ladders, rubbish bins or other aids in places that are accessible to potential burglars|
|7. Leave a few toys lying around. This gives the impression that your home is occupied|
|8. Do not leave any valuables visible through the window|
|9. Illuminate your home for a while every evening using an energy-saving lamp plugged into a timer switch|
Ask the prevention adviser in your municipality to carry out a free safety inspection on your home.
Your KBC Brussels insurance expert is also available to offer you useful advice.