Four practical steps to protect your house from burglars – without breaking the bank… – The Sun

WHILE you’re away, the thieves will play.
More than 200,000 houses were burgled last year, according to the insurance comparison website Quotezone.co.uk.
So take some practical steps to prevent break-ins.
LOCK IT UP: Before you leave, ensure all exterior doors are double-locked.
Get a “CCTV in operation” sticker from The Range for 99p and stick it on a prominent place to deter thieves.
HIDE IT AWAY: Store expensive items and valuable possessions out of sight from prying eyes.
Put up a cheap net curtain to ensure that thieves cannot see your expensive items.
Another budget idea is to buy a Status Timer Switch plug, priced £3.98 from Amazon.co.uk.
It can be used to turn on a lamp for a few hours, as a deterrent.
WATCH OUT: Consider installing a video doorbell which allows you to monitor and communicate with visitors remotely.
This additional layer of security can help you keep an eye on your property while you’re away.
At Amazon.co.uk, pick up a Doorbell wireless camera with real-time video for £27.98, or get a Wireless Motion Sensor WiFi HD Video Doorbell, usually £89.99, now £14.99 via Wowcher.co.uk.
Alternatively, the Ring doorbell and intercom, down from £219.98 to £179.99, will allow you to answer your door from wherever you are at the time.
ASK FOR HELP: Enlist the help of trusted neighbours or friends to keep an eye on your home.
If they can collect your post or draw the curtains at night, it helps to create the illusion of someone being at home.
STAY OFF SOCIAL: If you want to share photos of your holiday, do this when you return home from your trip.
Posting pictures online and accidentally including your location can leave you vulnerable to burglars who will know you’re away — plus, it’s nice to switch off while on hols, right?
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