Summer burglary prevention advice

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary this summer.

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.

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 the handle and turn the 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 a visual burglar alarm.
  • Install good outside lighting.
  • 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 immovable 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.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property. For example trim high hedges.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
  • Store any high value items such as jewellery and passports in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
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