1. Opportunity makes the thief: Close your windows
Thieves come only at night. Wrong again! Most burglaries happen in the daytime.
2. Keep an eye on your things – even when you are in the house
3. You'll also encounter thieves when you're out and about – stay vigilant
Do you often have valuables on you when out and about? Then you'll need the supplementary insurance cover for theft out of doors. Thefts that occur while you are out and about are not included in the basic cover of your content insurance.
4. Not likely to be back until 2 in the morning? Tell your neighbor, not the burglars
Talk to your neighbor about the issue of security: How and when can you help each other?
5. Shutters, sensor lights and alarm systems: Seek professional advice
Along with conscious actions to make life hard for burglars, there are of course some structural and electronic measures that will keep out the thieves: Doors with multipoint locking systems, burglar-proof shutters, additional locks, window and light well grilles, sensor lights and alarm systems. Even so, you need a lot of expertise for these items, so it's best to get the advice of an expert.
6. There's a thief in the house, but not in your safe!
Take photographs of your most valuable pieces of jewelry or watches and keep any receipts
7. Caught red-handed: Never play the hero
Although burglars are usually not armed or violent, you should not take any risks. Give them the opportunity to flee and leave the search for the perpetrator and the stolen goods to the police. Even if you don't discover the theft until after the event, leave everything as you found it. Touch as little as possible; that way, you will make it easier for the police to secure evidence. But don't just stand around doing nothing. You should immediately contact the bank to block access to your e-banking accounts and change the passwords on your computers.
- Take advantage of free security consultations from the police or other security specialists.
- Take your valuables to friends or to a bank if you are going away for some time.
- Transfer photographs as quickly as possible from the camera to a different data carrier.
- Regularly check your sum insured. The value of your household contents increases with every new piece of furniture, TV or piece of jewelry.
- If the worst should happen, call the police and do not tidy the scene of the crime.