Point 5 – Open your eyes
Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar. Are there places where a burglar could break into your home without being seen? How would you get in if you had forgotten your keys? If you could get inside, so could a burglar.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police on 101 or, in an emergency, 999.
Point 4 – Your home
If you don’t have an intruder alarm installed, consider having one installed. Intruder alarms may prevent intruders from breaking into your home as a visible deterrent. Alternatively, if an intruder does attempt to break into your home the alarm activating may scare them off.
If you are considering buying a new intruder alarm, it’s a good idea to obtain at least three quotes from industry approved installers (NSI or SSAIB) or talk to your insurer who may have some recommendations.
You can also use the Trading Standards website Checkatrade website to check for vetted suppliers in your area.
Point 3 – Windows and doors security
When you go out, always close and lock external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short time. If you have a flat roof extension the windows above it should always be locked.
Window locks can be seen from outside and could deter a burglar from forcing the window.
If you have deadlocks, use them. They make it more difficult for a thief to get out again. But don’t leave the key near the door or in an obvious place nearby.
Point 2 – Keeping keys safe
Ensure your keys are kept in a safe place out of sight and well away from your letterbox.
Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed.
Don’t tag keys so they can be easily identified.
Keep all spare keys in a safe place.
Consider buying a safe for personal papers, passports and small items of jewellery. This must be secured to the floor or a wall.
Point 1 – Security outside your home
Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if they connect to your property. Outside buildings crime is currently rising.
Visible burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can deter burglars. Make sure alarms stop sounding after 20 minutes and lights don’t disturb your neighbours.