Crime Prevention Advice
Going on holiday
- Cut the lawns before you go.
- Cancel deliveries of milk, newspapers etc, discretely - don't announce your departure to a shop full of people. Only tell people who need to know you're going away.
- Make sure your house looks occupied. It is worth getting an automatic time switches to switch lights, and a radio, on and off in downstairs or upstairs rooms.
- Mark any valuable items with your postcode or take photographs of all valuable items.
- Consider leaving small valuable items, like jewellery, on deposit at the bank, install a small floor safe.
- Don't leave valuable items like TVs, videos or stereo systems visible through windows.
- Lock the garage and shed with proper security locks, after putting all your tools safely away so they cannot be used to break into your house.
- Don't have your home address showing on your luggage for the outward journey. Put this only on the inside of your cases.
- Lock all outside doors and windows. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set - and that you have told the police who the key holder is.
Register all your belongings on the national property database www.immobilise.com
Around the house
- Always secure all windows and doors when you leave your house and at night, and never leave windows and doors unattended even if you are at home.
- Fit key-operated window locks to all downstairs windows, and vulnerable ones like easily accessible upstairs windows.
- Keep keys and valuables out of sight.
- Mark your tools with your post code and house number or the first two letters of your house name and place the details on www.immobilise.com
- Photograph valuable and unusual garden ornaments and keep these in a secure place.
In the garden
- Check for weak spots where a thief could get in - a low or sagging fence, or a back gate with a weak lock.
- Fit security lights to the outside of your home at the front and back with sensors so that they are on during the hours of darkness.
- Secure your garden shed, especially if you keep valuable items stored inside.
- Fit a strong, lockable, high gate across any side passage to stop a thief getting to the back of the house where they can work undisturbed.
- Use thorny hedges and plants along boundaries, under ground-floor windows and up drainpipes to make it harder for thieves to gain access.
- Make sure the front of your house is clearly visible from the road - neighbours and passers-by will be able to see any suspicious activity.