Two Principles in Keeping the Burglars Away

Burglar Breaking the DoorAbout 60,000 burglaries happen in New Zealand every year. That’s about one burglary every 10 minutes. That’s a startling statistic given the country’s supposedly low crime rate.

What’s more distressing, only a very small percentage of these cases are resolved. In 2015 alone, the police failed to solve more than 59,000 burglary cases. The figure serves to remind that homes and businesses have to take matters into their own hands and take preventative action.

Never settle for substandard safety

Now is not the time to be frugal. Locks and security alarms are good front-line deterrents, but for enhanced security, take it a step further by installing a CCTV in your premise. As Zanden Mount Lock & Key Service explains it, CCTVs are used to detect and record unauthorised entries that compromise the security of your business. Even better, you can integrate the CCTV into your access control and alarm systems.

Deterrence is the name of the game

Sometimes, it boils down to appearances and first impressions. A burglar should take one look at your property and decide instantly that his heist is a failure, and hopefully never look your way again. This is what makes well-placed CCTVs effective deterrents.

Here are a few others:

  • securely locked doors and windows (often overlooked by property owners)
  • sophisticated lighting with movement sensors around the property
  • open space, increasing the likelihood of being discovered
  • security alarms that are visible from the street

But suppose they manage to get in. What then? Never confront a burglar unless you’re a trained fighter or skilled with the gun. You may end up in either hospital or jail – not worth risking your life for. Instead, wait for them to leave the premises.

Even with security measures in place, no one is completely safe, unfortunately. Some organised heists have specialised tactics and technology. But when it comes down to it, it’s better to stay armed than risk being one of the 60,000 unsolved cases. 

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.