Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Until recently, our residential area had
been one of the few residential areas in the country to enjoy a zero-crime rate.
However, a spate of break-ins and snatch thefts has occurred in our area in the
past three months. If we are not vigilant,
there could be an upsurge in such incidents.
In my speech today, I would like to outline several measures that can be taken
to reduce the number of break-ins in our area.
Break-ins often occur when the occupants of a house are not at home. They can
also occur due to the carelessness of house-owners. So the first thing to do is
to fix grilles and to get reliable deadbolt locks. In some isolated cases, there
have been reports about burglars prising grilles open. Installing a burglar
alarm reduces the risk of forced entry.
The next precaution that should be taken is to avoid providing any telltale
signs of your absence. Should you and your family go on holiday or outstation,
inform your immediate neighbors. Ask one of your neighbors to collect your
newspapers and mail. Uncollected mail and newspapers gives the impression that
the house occupants are away. it is always better to inform the police when you
are going outstation. The police will then be on the lookout and send police
cars to patrol your neighborhood.
Make sure the areas outside your house, especially the porch and the
backyard, are well lit. A brightly-lit area deters a burglar from breaking into
Once inside your house, make sure the doors and windows are properly shut.
Install peepholes with magnifying lenses to let you see who is at the door
without opening it. Have telephones within reach. Place emergency numbers near
every phone. Keep your handphones switched on before you go to sleep.
If you can afford it, you can even install a closed-circuit television to
monitor activities inside and outside your home.
These are some of the ways to prevent burglaries in your home. If you have
not taken any of these measures, then perhaps you should do so now. It is always
'better to be late than never.'