Now, we aren’t promoting burglary, but how would you like to try it if you got paid? It’s 100% legal, don’t worry! We’re offering $1000 to the right person to test out the security of our windows and doors by attempting to break and enter a property we have set up in Sydney, fitted with our products. If you’re interested, or know somebody who would be – apply below!
Applicants must be over the age of 21, and be physically fit enough to test the products. Transport to Sydney (if applicants live elsewhere in the country), accommodation and expenses can also be provided. Testing will be taking place in January 2021, and applications will close on December 31st 2020 at 23:59.
Fancy it? Apply here:
We’re always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to improve and evolve our designs, whether that is through transforming something that already exists or creating something entirely new.
No matter what it is that we’re creating there’s one thing we always have at the forefront of our mind, you! Our customers’ happiness and comfort is the most important thing to us and if we can’t achieve that then we haven’t done our job properly, included in that is safety.
All of our products are made to be aesthetically pleasing and practical, to ensure that you and whoever you share your house with are comfortable, stylish and safe.
Our products, however, can only do so much and after some digging, we found out that between 2018-2019 231,000 households experienced a break in, 73% of which had property stolen and 49% had property damaged.
We decided that we would create an informative guide to protecting your home, and thought who better to advise us on the thought process of a burglar than a reformed burglar themself.
This guide uses information from publicly available data as well as insider knowledge to offer advice on how best to protect your home in order to deter any unwanted visitors. Obviously, the guide should not be used alone and is not a substitute for a working security system.
The Professional’s Guide to Protecting Your House:
1. Are You Making Yourself a Target?
Whilst we acknowledge that a break in is never the fault of the victim, our expert explained that there are things that homeowners do to make themselves a prime target.
This includes simple things such as, parking an expensive car on an ungated driveway and having valuable items visible through your doors or windows. Leaving out valuables such as jewellery, electronics, purses and cash can catch the eye of a burglar and prompt them to target your house on multiple occasions.
Additionally, don’t underestimate the power of social media, it’s important not to share information about your movements 24/7, such as your house being unoccupied whilst on your holidays, or showing your new expensive gifts all over your social feed, enticing criminals.
Ensure that you store any valuables out of plain sight by walking around your house every now and again and noting down what can be seen from the outside, that might catch the eye of a crook. If you want to go a step further, screens and tinted films are a great way to hinder visibility from the outside.
2. Remember Your Surrounding Area
Our professional noted that simply walking past a house with letters visibly in the post box and rubbish bins left on the curb can indicate that the homeowner might be away, and therefore the house may be a good target. Leaving your lights off in the evening, even if you are home, can also give the impression that your house is ripe for the picking.
Make sure that you are taking precautions to make it clear that there is someone home, even if there is not. Ask a friend, relative or neighbour to collect your post and move your rubbish bins if you are going to be away, and consider installing an app to control your lights when you aren’t home.
3. Deterrents to Consider
When we asked what would deter a burglar from targeting a house, our expert noted a handful of options that could label your home as a no-go zone. We conducted further research to reveal which of the deterrents would be a good investment if they aren’t already a part of your property.
A study of detainees convicted of breaking and entering revealed that 61% of burglars would agree that a barking dog would deter them from attempting to break in to a property.
Almost half (49%) agreed that a working alarm system is a good deterrent, whilst 22% said that sensor lights outside would stop them in their tracks. Further precautions such as visibility of the property from the road and gates outside of the house were also noted as being successful in preventing a burglary.
4. Common Sense
Our team worked closely with the professional to ensure that this guide gives accurate advice on how to eliminate your home as a target. However, the best advice for preventing break ins is that everyone in the household understands the importance of following the advice mentioned above and the benefits of common sense.
Make sure you check that all windows and doors are locked before leaving the property, invest in a key lock rather than leaving a key under that mat and if you are going away ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house and carry out small but meaningful tasks such as taking in the mail.
We hope that this guide is a useful tool for anyone looking to burglar proof their property beyond a safe set of windows and doors.
Joe Ghaddar of Aluminium Windows & Doors, said:
“Here at Aluminium Windows & Doors we are committed to providing the best quality windows, doors and structural products to make a house more than just a home, but somewhere that is well designed and well protected. Although we ensure that our products are designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well as structurally safe, homeowners also play a part in protecting their house.
“We are hoping that this guide, and all of the insider knowledge it holds, can be used as an insightful tool to help homeowners identify any gaps in their home security that may be leaving them in danger of a break-in.”