When we are at home we are safe and we want to keep you that way, therefore it is important for homes to be physically secure to deter criminal activity and reduce crime. Here are a few simple steps that you can take to ensure that your home stays safe and secure, and reduce the likelihood of you falling victim to a burglary.
1The majority of burglaries occur when there is nobody at home; most are not planned but committed by opportunists.
2Easily accessible windows, including easily accessible roof lights and roof windows, should also meet Police Preferred Specification standards.
3If you have a door connecting the garage to the house make sure this has the same level of security.
4Ensure all keys, including car keys, are out of sight and away from the letterbox, as a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox.
5Always keep valuables like tablets and laptops out of sight from windows.
6Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
7Make your valuables less attractive to thieves by using a property or police recognised forensic marking solution – this includes for valuable tools and bikes that are stored in outbuildings and garages.
8Install a burglar alarm.
9In the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on.
10Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
11Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
12Always lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift the handle and turn the key)