Keeping your home safe
Take a look at our tips below to protect your home from burglars.
Lock your door
It might sound obvious, but locking your door when you’re at home, as well as when you go out, can stop opportunist thieves stealing valuables from your home if you’re out in the garden or in another room.
Keep valuables out of sight
A thief wants to be in and out of your home as quickly as possible — don’t make it easy for them by leaving valuables in plain sight. This applies especially to car keys; modern cars are virtually impossible to break into, but keys are easy to steal.
Don’t make it obvious you’re away from home
If your curtains are closed for a week, burglars might guess that you’re away on holiday. If you can, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your blinds and curtains daily, and use timers on lights, radios and TVs to make it look like someone is home.
Think about extra security
If you’re really worried, think about installing extra security, like alarms, CCTV or security lights to deter potential burglars.
Don’t make it easy for burglars
Don’t hide keys in obvious places, like outside the front door – if you need to leave a key somewhere, ask a friend or someone you trust. Burglars will often look in the letterbox or under a plant pot as a matter of course. Round the back of the house, make sure any tools or ladders are locked safely away. A first floor window left open for ventilation and a ladder left in the garden are an open invitation to thieves.
Join your local Neighbourhood Watch
Neighbourhood Watch schemes are run by communities for communities so each one is different. To find out more about your local group visit the Neighbourhood Watch website.