Senior Police Detective Reveals How to Protect Your Home From Robbers

Dec 16, 2023


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Senior Police Detective Reveals How to Protect Your Home From Robbers

It is always advised to be security-conscious, and this is even more important when moving into your own home. That is why we have spoken with a police inspector about home security and the best measures to protect your home.


1. What is your first piece of home security advice?

My first recommendation is to employ civilian security to deal with the perimeter of your house, especially the gate. And it doesn't stop at that. You do not simply hire a security guard and leave it at that. Properly clear the guard on the people coming in or expected to come in. An extra rule of thumb is to regularly update the guard on the status of access a particular person has to your home.

Some home owners might say, "Hey, once this person comes in, give them access to the property." In the long run, make sure to know when that "access" has expired. The reason is that, along the line, you may have one or two issues with a person, and your security guard may not be aware of such a break in relationship and may continue granting that person access. When a lack of trust in someone you gave free access to your home arises, communicate that to your security guard so that they can know how to better deal with them. If you let your guard believe you are still on good terms with someone with whom you have a strained relationship, they may let them in, and that will leave your house at risk."

If you have the money to get armed officers attached to your home, that is another option. The civilian guards and the mobile officers can also work hand-in-hand to protect your home.


2. Can my Civilian Security Guard carry weapons?

They are not allowed to have rifles because they are not trained for them, nor do they have the licence for them. But they can have a machete in case of necessity. But there is a limit to what they can do with the machete. They [obviously] cannot use a machete to confront someone who's armed with a gun.


3. Aside from security guards, what other measures can I take?

You can have CCTV installed to monitor all areas of your compound. This is an effective method of home security.


4. What should I do when a burglar manages to come into the premises?

First of all, you should take the deterrent options—locking your doors, the windows, and everything else. When that is done, you are sure that you have the situation under control to some extent. You know that this person cannot break into the house, at least not easily.

What you should do next is call the police control number. They are fast in their response to these kinds of emergency situations. When they are aware of your location, your call will be routed to the nearest police station around you to handle it.

Once you have seen that someone is making attempts to break into your home, go to a safe place and make that call to the police emergency number. Provide the dispatcher with all the necessary information that will lead them to your home.

If the robber manages to gain entry, do not fight back, especially when you do not have an advantage over the situation. Let them take what they want to take.


5. What is the process from the moment your emergency call comes in to your dispatcher?

When you call, the head office transfers the call to the DPO of the station nearest to you. The DPO then relays his orders through his radio to the nearest patrol to your location.


6. How long does the process take?

10 minutes, at most. Let's take Ordinance Road in Port Harcourt as an example. If the control is calling, they will call the Amadi Police Station. This is because Amadi is nearest to Ordinance Road. Amadi's DPO will relay the message to any patrol van near the scene of the event. So, let's say 'plus-and-minus' 10 minutes."


7. What is a burglar most likely to exploit when trying to break into a home?

One of the places that people often take for granted is the back door. They pay more attention to the front door. If you go to an average home, the front door is well protected, but the back door is less protected. So, most of the time, robbers tend to use the back door.

When you guard the front door, you should also pay attention to the back door.


Zerodip's Do-It-Yourself Guides to Protect Your Home


1. Increase fence security.

Planting dense, thorny shrubs around your perimeter fence can deter intruders. Plant shrubs such as African boxthorn.

Make sure that the hinges, bolts, and padlocks on your gates are secured. Get gates that do not provide cover for intruders.




2. Add deterrents.

Add locks to your gates to deter entry by unwanted people. A lot of people tend to overlook its importance, but it is very important. Locks are some of the cheapest things you can get. For a couple of quid, you can get a good lock for your gates.

A security camera will also act as a deterrent to robbers. It will send a psychological message to a potential robber that you're watching his movements. Look out for cameras that have features like motion-triggering recording, infrared night vision, and two-way communication. You should place a camera on corners that give you a view of the yard.

You can also add gravel to walking areas. This will cause noise as people walk on them. That way, you'll be alerted when someone is on your property. If you have this already, make sure to top them up regularly so that they maintain a loud crunch as people walk on them.




3. Pay attention to window security.

Burglars will target windows as they are easier ways to enter your home. Some windows are easy to get into. A robber needs to take the beading off, and then they take the window out.

For upper windows, make sure there are no walls or other things that could be used to reach them.

Add key-operated locks if your windows open out. Always check that you have locked them before going out or to bed.

Remove stones and bricks that can be used to smash through your windows.


4. Strengthen your doors.

Use toughened glass for your doors. A burglar can break a less tough glass and gain entry. Also, check for doors that are shaking. Someone can gain entry by using a knife to damage the spring lock. Make sure the keylocks are fastened.


5. Light up the front yard.

Reduce dark spots by illuminating your yard at night. It can also make it easier and safer for you to navigate your compound.

You can add motion-activated security lights to cut down on energy bills. Install this at the front and back of your property.


6. Keep all valuables out of sight.

Get a security box to keep valuables such as jewellery or documents. When selecting a safe, get those that have heavy-duty bolts. That way, you can fasten them to walls or floors.



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