Your Home

 

KEEP YOUR FRONT AND BACK DOORS LOCKED – EVEN WHEN YOU ARE AT HOME.
 REMEMBER THEY ARE NOT CALLED LOCKS FOR NOTHING!
 
Never leave keys in locks at night and keep them out of sight.

 All ground floor windows and those which can be reached from a flat roof will need window locks.

 A burglar alarm is recommended as it is a proven deterrent. Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your property and to check your home if your alarm goes off.

 When you go on holiday, cancel newspapers and magazines and have your mail held by Royal Mail until you return home by obtaining a Keepsafe pack from the post office. Ask a neighbour to remove any mail in sight, open and close your curtains and maybe park a car on your drive – you can do the same for them.
THIS IS HOW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEMES WORK.


Property Boundary

 Consider keeping fences, walls or shrubbery below one meter high to maximise visibility from anyone passing by.
 Thorny bushes make a good deterrent.

 Use PRIKKA STRIPS - half-metre lengths of plastic spikes to be put on high walls to deter intruders.

 

Lighting

 Sensor lights are ideal for the front of your property. At the rear, fit a light with a passive infra-red (PIR) detector.
 This will come on automatically when someone walks into its beam drawing attention to any activity.

 

Garages and Sheds

 Never leave a garage door unlocked especially if it has a connecting door in to the house.

 Burglars often target sheds as they are not as robustly built. Make sure your shed is secure with a bolt and padlock.
 Shed alarms are available at low cost.

 

Garden

 Store ladders out of sight, lock all garden tools in shed or garage (don't present the burglar with handy break-in tools!).

 Lock away bikes and cycles, and children's toys. Bikes should be registered with a marking scheme.

 Consider using gravel on your drive – burglars dislike this as it makes too much noise.







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