Secure your Home

Burglary is a crime of opportunity – don’t give burglars a chance.


Follow our tips to help make your home safer.

  • Consider installing a burglar alarm – if you have one, always set it before you go out.
  • Remember to lock up properly and set your alarm (if you have one) when you leave your home – even if you just pop out for a few minutes.
  • Keep doors and windows locked when you’re at home, even when you’re out in the garden.
  • Tools and ladders should always be locked away – these can be used to break into your home.
  • Leaving keys within reach of a window or glass pane or in the lock could make a thief’s job easier – keep them out of reach.
  • Don’t hide spare keys under flowerpots or doormats – this is one of the first places a thief is likely to look.
  • Install outdoor lighting – this can deter a burglary by making them fear detection or discovery.
  • Close your curtains if you are out for the evening.
  • Mark your property – this increases the chance of recovering it if you are a victim of burglary. Contact a member of your local Neighbourhood Police Team for further advice.
  • Keep photographs of valuable items such as jewellery.
  • Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme – or even starting one if there isn’t one in your area. Your local Neighbourhood Police Team will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to do this.


Going on holiday?

  • Your homes is often at greatest risk from burglary when you are away on holiday, but there are steps we can take to minimise this risk by making it appear as though you are really home.
  • Consider installing automatic switches to turn lights on in the evenings.
  • Ask a friend to open or shut curtains and remove your post.
  • Cancel delivery of milk and newspapers.
  • Arrange for a neighbour to park their car in the driveway.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans with strangers who may use or pass the information on.
  • Where possible lock valuables up – in a safe if you have one – or put smaller items, such as jewellery and important documents, in a bank deposit box.