The anguish & misery suffered from a burglary.

“Claire stretched out against the wall and kissed it. “Glad to see you, too,” she whispered, and pressed her cheek against the smooth surface. It almost felt like it hugged her back.
“Dude, it’s a house,” Shane said from behind her. “Hug somebody who cares.”

Rationalism will confirm that such a scene is obsessive and looks ridiculous however truth be told we all do have a special place for inanimate objects and houses are no exceptions. We do love our homes, not for the brick and mortar they consist of but for the memories it encompasses. It’s home where family, memories are made, a place where one is safe to be themselves.

Hence, it’s no surprise when you have been given the keys to your house that you spend years of your life painting and decorating and filling with everything you love. It becomes a part of you, for you made it something of your own, something that others would remember you by. As the years goes-by your children and grandchildren can visit and a view of your life and the expression of what you have created. It’s the numerous hours of making a house into a home which becomes an expression of who you are and what you like and don’t. It is your precious possession and you have guarded it well.

What if you finally succumbed to that long-awaited vacation and you on your way out the door, and making certain that the appliances are all off, the lights switched off and windows and doors are securely shut… you think to yourself, I’m gonna miss you! A week rolls by so quickly that you are finally in front of your porch, so glad to be back and just rest in your favourite chair but to your horror you find that not only someone had broken-in but they also vandalized and robbed you of your peace.

Your television is laying on the floor, your furniture has been ruined and the walls are sprayed with obscene graffiti. You feel that you have been robbed beyond the material possessions. It feels like your memories of family, home, love and being safe has been violated. Is this a nightmare…? if someone could please wake you up from because the reality of the pain experiencing is beyond tears and beyond words. It is as if the real beauty of the house has been tarnished and away with the memories of happiness inside.

These facts are not to cause you to become paranoid and lose sleep merely to take precautionary steps to ensure that you are protected and vigilant. Here are some helpful steps you can take to protect your property:

  • Security Alarms are undoubtedly the most effective deterrent against burglary. Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard so setting off an alarm and attracting attention is their enemy.
  • Windows that are left insecure or partially open are often used as a means of entry into your home. When you leave your home it’s important to ensure you leave it as secure as possible. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do when you leave your home.
  • Lighting is a proven deterrent against crime. Burglars are less likely to break into a home if it has an external light fitted front and rear.
  • Garden Sheds and Outbuildings are often targeted because of their lower security. They are often located in secluded locations and contain valuables.

 

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source: Quotation― Rachel Caine, Lord of Misrule

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