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.
When investing in Security Systems for your home or business, it is not advisable to deal with cold callers or telesales enquiries - you should avoid doing doorstep or telephone business.
Many traders who call at your door are honest and genuine, however, some are not and can be extremely persuasive.
Examples of bad practices associated with cold calling and doorstep selling include:
To obtain information on companies who supply and install security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Hold-Up Alarms, CCTV systems etc within your locality, we advise you contact the following Independent Inspectorate Bodies:
NSI (National Security Inspectorate)
5 Reform Road
Berkshire, SL6 8BY
Tel: 01628 637512
Fax: 01628 773367
SSAIB (Security Systems & Alarm Inspection Board)
7-11 Earsdon Road
Tyne & Wear, NE25 9SX
Tel: 0191 296 3242
Fax: 0191 296 2667
If you are planning to invest in the type of security system that would receive police response to its alarm activations, then only security companies ‘Approved’ by an Independent Inspectorate Body and who are listed with Avon and Somerset Constabulary are permitted to offer this service.
For further information, contact the Alarm Administration Team by:
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.