Tips to avoid being burgled

Don't tempt thieves

Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves.

In two out of ten burglaries, they don't even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window.  They will concentrate their efforts on grabbing small items which can be easily concealed and transported out of a property.

Keep valuables out of sight

Whilst it is not possible to keep everything out of sight, keep jewellery, car keys, bags and small electrical items like laptops and mobile phones, upstairs overnight or place them out of view during daylight.  Similarly any high value or sentimental items should be locked away securely.

Lock doors and windows when you are out

Make sure that doors and windows are securely locked when you are out - using deadlocks where present and if not installing new ones ensuring they are certified to the latest British Standard. 

Fit an alarm system

Fitting and using an alarm system will deter most criminals.

Spending money on security measures can seem daunting but it is a good investment which can help prevent you becoming a victim of crime and can add value to your property.

Page owner: Clare Arnold. Last updated: 27/01/2016 14:57

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