Regularly reviewing your security from time to time is very important and will help you reduce your risk from theft especially when we are approaching a holiday, no matter how short, of particular interest the up coming Independence holiday. We shall outline some basic things you need to take note of in order to keep your home safe.
- Be Informed – Being security conscious begins with a conscious effort to be informed about one’s immediate surroundings. Being informed is all about staying up to date with the current happenings in your environment. It involves staying abreast with trending security issues around you.
- Identify Weaknesses – Every individual should always note the weaknesses in their home and work hard to solve it. Weaknesses such as bad locks, a bad door or even a faulty bulb could be an incentive for opportunistic theft and thus attract burglars.
- Access Control – Restriction is another way to be security conscious. The more barriers people have to cross to get to you, the less likely they would. Residential security guards, having a guard dog, installation of CCTV, using technology, and as simple as locking every entry and exit points at home and at work. Access control is all about making it uneasy for anyone to get to you. The physical barriers you set up are meant to discourage the enemy because it lets them know you are alert.
- The safest home is one in a safe community. Be involved in your community – a strong community has a better chance of rejecting any negative criminal elements as well as supporting positive ones. Community programs like Neighborhood Watch encourage each member of a community to watch out for each other, and as a result, common crime in those neighborhoods is dramatically lower.
Few people really bother about security until something happens to them or a neighbor. The public’s complacent attitude is the burglar’s best friend and your worst enemy. There are many things the average person can do to make their home less of a target. Remember, the two things a burglar fears most are being seen and having to take too much time to complete the crime.
NB: There have been numerous home invasions in and around Harare. Keep doors locked as soon as it gets dark, this type of criminal wants you home and awake when they break in.