Garda Gerry Fahy’s Advice on Home Security

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Garda Gerry Fahy gives some timely advice on home security please take a few minutes to look at the security of your home and make sure your home is not a burglar’s present!

The best way to do this is to stand back from your house and ask yourself the question: If I locked myself out would l easily be able to get back in?” If the answer is ”Yes” then there are a few measures to take to prevent your house from being burgled.

The majority of burglaries are opportunistic! Many take place because the front or back doors have been left open. In some cases, windows are left open and these are used to gain entry. There are some simple measures that we can do to make our homes more secure and less likely be a target.

Make sure where possible that solid doors are fitted front and rear. These should be secured with a 5-lever mortise lock as a minimum. Of course, if you are away or even at home for the evening make sure these doors are locked! Likewise, windows.
Multipoint locking with three or more deadlock bolts may be an effective alternative where aluminium or P.V.C doors are fitted.
Patio doors need additional locks. An anti-lift device should be fitted to stop the door being lifted off the rails.
Fit a door viewer and a secure door chain.
Do not leave door keys under mats, under flowerpots, hanging on strings through the letter box or in the lock!
Make sure the garden shed is locked. It can contain items that will assist a thief to break in to your house.
Check the identity of all callers to your home if you intend to let them in. All officials carry identification cards so ask to see them. If you are not happy call the Gardai.
Fit an intruder alarm. Only deal with a reputable company. Ensure that you get a certificate showing that the alarm complies with l.S.199 and or EN5Ol31 standard. The alarm should be monitored. If you have an alarm, activate it at night or when you leave the house.
Fit an external light both front and rear of the house. A continuous light during the hours of darkness is recommended. With energy saving lamps this can be a very cheap security measure.
Secure your car keys at night. Do not leave them on the hall table inside the door!
Make sure there are no large bushes around your house that will give a thief a place to hide.
If you are going away:
Install a timer to have the lights come on at various times during the night.
Cancel all deliveries.
Get a neighbour to keep an eye on your property while you are away.
Leave a contact number.
Make sure the doors and windows are locked.
Ensure the alarm if fitted, is turned on.

lf you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch or Community Alert Scheme make sure you notify your local co-coordinator.

For more information please contact Sergeant Gerard Mangan, Grada Office, Unit 2, Liosban Business Park, Tuam Road, Galway. Tel 091 768001.

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About this record

Written by Garda Gerry Fahy

Published here 07 Dec 2023 and originally published Spring 2004

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