Being burgled is a scary prospect, but there are a lot of things you can do to deter burglars from targeting your home.
Here are some simple tips to reduce the chances of becoming a victim:
- Always close and lock your doors and windows when you are not at home
- Remember to set your intruder alarm when going out, if you have one
- Close and lock doors of rooms you are not using while at home
- Don’t leave patio or conservatory doors and windows open or unlocked
- Make sure your regular bedtime routine includes locking up the house
- Don't hide spare keys under flowerpots or doormats - these are places burglars will check
- Keep keys out of sight and out of reach - don't leave them in their locks
- Good lighting on the outside of your property is a great deterrent - we recommend LED lighting that stays on from dusk till dawn, which is often powered by a photocell
- Display warning signs that your house has anti-burglary measures in place, as a deterrent
Looking after valuable property
- Don’t leave valuable property such as bicycles, tools, jewellery or gadgets out where they can be seen
- Keep a note of serial numbers and record them on immobilise.com
- Keep photographs of valuable items so they can be identified if stolen and then recovered
- Security mark electrical items and other valuable property – this should increase your chances of being reunited with your property should you become a victim of burglary, and can also discourage a burglar from stealing the item in the first place
Leaving your home vacant?
If you’re planning on leaving your property empty while you go on holiday, help reduce the risk of your property being targeted by making it appear as though you are really home.
Consider using a timer switch on lighting and ask a friend to open or close curtains and remove your post. Remember to cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers etc. Arrange for a neighbour to park their car in the driveway and avoid discussing holiday plans with strangers who may use or pass the information on.
Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of police projects focusing on the design and security of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.
You can search for police approved products on the SBD website.