Set up or join a Neighbourhood Support Group in your area and advertise the fact
by displaying Neighbourhood Support signs and stickers.
Make sure doors, windows and other entry and exit points from your house have
good quality, effective catches and locks - deadlocks if possible. Get into the habit of always using these
Always lock doors and windows at night, if you're out in the garden or going out
Don't leave a door key hidden outside - burglars know all the places to
look. Be wary of leaving keys with tradespeople - keys can be copied.
Keep garden sheds and garages secure and lock away tools and ladders since some
of the items may be used to gain entry.
Have an alarm system professionally installed and consider having it monitored
by a reputable security company.
Install sensor lights on access paths or around main external doors.
Install a 'peep-hole' in a front door so you know who's visiting you.
Ask unannounced visitors who they are and what they want. If you're not
satisfied with their answer, don't open the door to them.
Trim trees or remove shrubbery which might 'hide' a burglar's activity.
Get to know your neighbours and develop plans to deal with problems or
suspicious activity. Exchanging phone numbers or emergency contact details is a good start.
If you're going away, neighbours can collect your mail or newspaper and make
your place look occupied, for example by turning on lights, parking a vehicle in your driveway, hanging
washing on your line or mowing lawns.
Fit exterior sensor lights to deter prowlers. If returning home at night a
sensor light installed near the front door will provide good visibility of the surrounding area.
Mark valuable property with serial numbers and keep a record of these
numbers. Use the latest "id Microdot" identification. Link on ... NW
Consider placing "Beware of Dog" signs on gates or fences
If you have an answer phone, don't record a message that suggests you're out or
Ensure your house number can be clearly seen from the road and visible -
preferable in a street light at night - so Police and other services can spot it when responding to any
Police are always interested in suspicious activity. Don't hesitate to call
Police to report something out of the ordinary and, if you see a crime being committed, call 111.
Above all, remember burglars like easy, tempting opportunities. DON'T overlook the obvious and DO all
you can to reduce the risk of being burgled.
If you, or someone you know has been burgled, it is best to take immediate action to improve the security of
your home and reduce the risk of being burgled again.