Your house should be a place where you feel safe and secure, but there are plenty of criminals out there interested in breaking into your home – so it’s up to you to make it tough for them. The first step in crime prevention is to eliminate any opportunity by making your home appear as a hard target for would-be thieves. When it comes to protecting your family and your belongings, you can’t be too careful, and roller shutters may just be the perfect solution in preventing burglars from targeting your home.
How Common Are Home Invasions?
We see it all the time on the news, houses being burgled and homeowners losing thousands of dollars in valuable possessions and having to foot the damage bill caused by the break and enter. What are the chances it will happen to you? Well according to recent statistics, the chances are higher than what most people would want to believe:
- In 2017 there were 225,900 recorded burglaries in Australia -that equates to one approximately every 3 minutes!
- 3% of Australian homes have been burgled at some point.
In WA specifically:
- 7% of households in Western Australia had an attempted break-in, with a total of 36,400 incidents reported to local authorities.
- Western Australia saw 18.5% of all burglaries that took place in Australia in 2017.
Reasons for Targeting a Premise
It takes 75% of burglars less than 5 minutes to enter a property, so it’s no surprise that one of the main reasons thieves target a premises is visibility within the property – meaning they can clearly see valuable items on display or in view either in the yard or through a door or window.
How Roller Shutters Can Make Your Home Burglar-Proof
35% of intruders enter by breaking in through a window or door, so it’s easy to see why doors and windows are considered the weak links for the home.
Roller shutters provide a physical barrier – Would-be thieves will take one look at your shutters before they put your home into the ‘too hard’ basket and move on to an easier target. Made from sturdy and robust materials and fitted with automatic locking mechanisms for high quality security, roller shutters make breaking in via a window or door almost impossible.
Roller shutters create a visual barrier – Acting as a visual deterrent to any would-be thief, shutters conceal your belongings and keep the inside of your home hidden from prying eyes. Any people passing by cannot see whether you own large HD televisions, jewellery or other valuables, meaning intruders will lose interest in your home and move on to a house where they can clearly see the break in is worth their time and effort. Roller shutters keep your belongings private and robbers out of your house and even better, with the shutters down, potential thieves won’t know whether your home is occupied or empty. That means that you’re not just protecting your belongings but also your loved ones.
Other Ways to Protect Your Home
Of course, the best way to keep your home as secure as possible is to use a combination of security measures in conjunction with each other. If you travel a lot, spend lengthy periods of time away from your home, or simply want to ensure you have excluded your home from a would-be thief’s hit list, you should also consider the following:
- Install motion sensor lighting around your home, especially at entrances.
- Keep fences, gates, and garage doors locked.
- Secure valuables in a home safe or lockbox.
- Keep expensive items like cars, and bikes in the garage.
- Put timers on lights.
- Don’t hide spare keys outside.
- Install a home security system.
Keep your home safe with beautify designed, customised roller shutters from Nu Style Shutters. We have fitted Nu Style Shutters to more than 10,000 buildings in and around Perth, providing families and business owners with true peace of mind. Contact us today for a free quotation.