Ways to prevent being a crime victim

Updated: Oct 15, 2018

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

  • 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 handle and turn key)

  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)

  • Install an up to date burglar alarm

  • Have a cctv system installed which records to a local hard drive

  • Install good outside lighting with security sensors

  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property

  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied

  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition

  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage

  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property

  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair

  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges

  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows

  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

Doors & Windows

In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider having a door contact or window shock absorber fitted around your property.

Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. Window shock absorbers connected to your alarm system are a great way of sensoring any impact around your windows.

Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.

Distraction burglary

If you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider - Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller - they may be bogus. The 'Waterboard' no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers. Think about having a smart doorbell installed to see who’s at our front door. Talk to them through your smart phone without having to open the door.

Going away on holiday

Make your home look like someone is living in it:

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark

  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries

  • Use the Royal Mail's 'keepsafe' service - they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you're away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away

  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway

  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites - burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage

Contact your security experts

If your concerned about your properties level or security, talk to us today and receive a free no obligation quotation. Our team of experts are here to put your mind at ease.

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0749 322 5956



Content publishers: https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/