Home Crime Prevention - Things You Can Do
• Keep front, patio and back doors closed and locked when you are elsewhere in the house or the garden. Greater importance
during mild and hot weather when there is a greater temptation to leave doors open.

• Ensure that all windows and external doors are not only closed but locked at night or when you are out of the house. Even a
small window could provide a burglar with an opportunity to reach through and open a larger window to gain access.

• Remember to close downstairs windows when leaving a room, to deter the opportunist thief.

• Fit good locks to doors and use them.

• Have window locks fitted to older windows, a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to smash a window.

• Fit and use a door chain.

• Change locks when you move into a new home.

• Fit a good quality alarm from a reputable supplier ask us about this.

• Do not hide spare keys; leave them with someone you trust. Burglars know where to look.

• Find out about property marking schemes such as Smart water. www.smartwater.co.uk If an item is marked it will be much
harder for a thief to sell on. Also, if recovered, stolen items can then be returned to their rightful owner.

• Install external lights. They will welcome genuine visitors and deter the criminal who wishes to work undetected.

• To give the impression that someone is in, set lights on a timer switch. A living room or a bedroom light will give the
impression of occupancy; leaving only a hall or landing light on may not have the same effect.

• Don’t leave your curtains closed during the day.

• If timers are not available, leave a light on if going out at night, and draw curtains/blinds.

• Keep all keys away from windows and external doors so they are not visible/accessible to an opportunist thief.

• Leave a television or radio on to create the impression that someone is in.

• A visible burglar alarm can also act as an deterrent.

• If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your street, call the police.

• Look out for your neighbours’ property if they are away for a few days.
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