Is your home vulnerable after purchase?
Banham works closely with Crime Prevention Officers; this means we gain first-hand knowledge of any dangers or threats to home owners and tenants as they occur. It has been brought forward that there is a growing concern in the lack of privacy homes on the market have. In a society that is able to capture pictures and post with a few clicks, shopping for the perfect new home has never been easier. You can conveniently view a property by scrolling through pictures or even taking a video tour.
“Estate Agents are now using more and more pictures to sell properties and also putting on line virtual tours of houses for prospective purchasers. Whilst this is useful for purchasers it also reveals the security arrangements of the property giving a guide to burglars and showing off security devices and floor plans for the property.” Chris Roberts, ex-Crime Prevention Officer and Public Relations Manager
As Chris mentioned, this is useful and convenient for both the Estate Agents and potential buyers, instead of booking viewings (which we don’t always have time to fit into our busy schedules), initial impressions can be made anywhere, any time by using a smart device. This selling tool is growing very popular. Banham fear that once the purchase is complete homeowners and tenants forget their new home was published across the internet and viewed by potential thieves.
The images published online typically advertise hotspots for burglars such as gardens, windows, doors and storage locations like walk in wardrobes. Giving them the opportunity to assess hiding spots and plan a strategy for their break-in. It is crucial that these areas are altered or changed completely if possible to put off any burglars planning their mission.
Banham offers a free site survey which is worth booking to ensure your new home includes security of great standard. Surveyors are able to advise and quote security measures such as new locks/grills/gates, fire and intruder alarm systems, video and audio entry and full CCTV surveillance. It is recommended you arrange an appointment as soon as possible, before belongings and valuables are brought in, so that installations take place before thieves have a chance to reach the property.