Preventing Burglary at Home – an Open Speech
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Until recently, our residential area had been one of the few residential areas in the country to enjoy a zero-crime rate. However, a spate of break-ins and snatch thefts has occurred in our area in the past three months. If we are not vigilant, there could be an upsurge in such incidents.
In my speech today, I would like to outline several measures that can be taken to reduce the number of break-ins in our area.
Break-ins often occur when the occupants of a house are not at home. They can also occur due to the carelessness of house-owners. So the first thing to do is to fix grilles and to get reliable deadbolt locks. In some isolated cases, there have been reports about burglars prising grilles open. Installing a burglar alarm reduces the risk of forced entry.
The next precaution that should be taken is to avoid providing any telltale signs of your absence. Should you and your family go on holiday or outstation, inform your immediate neighbors. Ask one of your neighbors to collect your newspapers and mail. Uncollected mail and newspapers give the impression that the house occupants are away. it is always better to inform the police when you are going outstation. The police will then be on the lookout and send police cars to patrol your neighborhood.
Make sure the areas outside your house, especially the porch and the backyard, are well lit. A brightly-lit area deters a burglar from breaking into the house.
Once inside your house, make sure the doors and windows are properly shut. Install peepholes with magnifying lenses to let you see who is at the door without opening it. Have telephones within reach. Place emergency numbers near every phone. Keep your handphones switched on before you go to sleep.
If you can afford it, you can even install a closed-circuit television to monitor activities inside and outside your home.
These are some of the ways to prevent burglaries in your home. If you have not taken any of these measures, then perhaps you should do so now. It is always ‘better to be late than never.’