Tips to Prevent Break-Ins over the Holidays
As already stated on Mehadrinews, every holiday in Beit Shemesh finds us anew with break-ins to cars and homes, Heaven forfend. To those visiting parents for Yom Kippur and/or Sukkos, don't despair!
Believe there's nothing you can do in terms of prevention? Reading this article with the intention to carry out the advice within increases your chances.
For help in preparing the following item we turned to a veteran, professional locksmith by the name of Oded Gadiel. Oded has plenty of experience with companies and the homes of the wealthy both in Israel and abroad. His advice was incorporated below.
Remember: This may not sound good, but burglary prevention is a competition between you and your neighbors.
A pair of hikers once encountered a tiger about to attack. One hiker started stretching in preparation for a race. His friend asked: What's the point, anyway? Humans cannot outrun tigers! The answer: "I don't need to outrun the tiger. I need only outrun you!"
In other words, when the price rises, demand drops. If you make a burglar's job harder in comparison to your neighbors and don't seduce him in the first place, you will simply not receive a visit.
For those who can and must, get an advanced digital security and surveillance system, including a team on patrol responding to alarms. Obviously, the company should be Shabbos observant. Surveillance cameras are especially effective.
For those lacking the need/financial ability, jewelry and passports must be kept in a safe, and the safe must be attached to the wall or floor in a way that makes it very hard to drag it out. You can also purchase fake surveillance cameras, for about twenty Shekels.
Ensure all doors and windows are locked. Doors: `Pladelet` or any high-security lock. Window Bars: Thickened only.
Speaking of Beit Shemesh, local burglars don't try the front door. They remove the entire backdoor, when possible, with a crowbar. Make sure this can't happen.
A few more tips:
- Leaving for Yom Tov? There is no need to inform ALL of Facebook and WhatsApp of this fact…
- Again, ensure all doors and windows are locked, including that backdoor hiding behind the bush in your private garden you leave open for air circulation.
- We recommend you leave a light on in a central location within the house, and another at the entrance. If the entrance is lit, the burglars will fear being seen.
- Must I repeat this? Alright. Don't leave a key in the vase\utilities box\under the mat\above the door\etc.
Bottom line: Weak links invite thieves. And pray ahead of time!
With Heaven's help, Yehuda Segal