Best Theft Deterrents

Burglary is not only financially costly but also incurs significant psychological damage as well. Recent US research shows that it takes on average, four months to recover financially and mentally from the stresses of dealing with a break-in. UK citizens can face expenses of £700-£3,000, on average, in repairs and replacing stolen goods. You should take steps to help protect your home and business from being an easy target. From interviews with convicted thieves, here are six of the top deterrents to help reduce the risk of burglary:

1. The presence of an alarm system (especially a monitored one)

2. CCTV is an important target selection deterrent

3. Lighting, especially motion sensor lighting is a helpful deterrent

4. Clear presence of strong locks on doors and windows

5. Having a tv or radio on, in the premises, can be a deterrent as it will seem like people are present

6. Vehicles parked outside also can discourage potential thieves