Have you looked at your property with security in mind? Are there ways to help prevent burglary in your home? This section contains information about securing doors and windows and advice on what lights and alarms to install.
Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. In one quarter of all burglaries committed they don't even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window.
Take simple precautions such as locking windows and doors when you go out even if just stepping next door or out in the garden. Also use a light timer and do not leave your keys lying around.
Look at your property through a burglar's eyes to identify places where you can add deterrents and improve security.
Secure all doors and windows - if they are not secure, neither is your property.
Patio doors and windows are often targeted by thieves, because in the past they have been easy to open.
It can be useful to get specialist advice when fitting a patio door, with security in mind.
Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars. They provide a useful warning and limit the risk of theft and damage to your property. Surveys have consistently shown that properties are less likely to be burgled if an alarm is fitted.
Don’t worry too much about the effect it may have on neighbours or passers-by – it’s the way it affects the criminal that matters. Criminals do not like attracting attention to themselves.
You should fit a security bulk-head light to the outside of your property at the front and back. These lights should also use low-energy light bulbs and have dusk-to-dawn sensors so that they are on during the hours of darkness.
Floodlights fitted with infra-red movement sensors can also be used as 'courtesy lights' for genuine visitors to your property.
Use time switches to turn on lights, radios and other appliances when you're out. This will help to give the impression that the property is occupied when there is no one around.
Remember to keep vehicle and house keys out of view in your property. A significant amount of vehicle crime is committed when car keys are stolen during burglaries.