Protect your home from crime

We’re all concerned about crime. So to help you secure your home as much as possible, we’ve put together a guide on what you can do to protect your home from unwanted guests:

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Keep things hidden

Close curtains and blinds when you go out and make sure windows are locked. Burglars want to work out an escape route, so keep inside doors closed. Consider keeping spare keys and valuables in the loft, which is hard to access.

Secure your front door

A correctly working 5-lever mortice lock is one of the best ways to keep your home safe and secure.

Fit a good quality alarm

Burglars can easily override a cheap alarm. Always choose from a reputable and recommended company.

Put a cage over your letterbox

Fix a cage to the inside of your letter box to prevent burglars from using a stick to ‘fish’ for your keys and possessions.

Keep tools locked up

Burglars can use these to prise open a door, so fit multiple locks to keep tools in your shed secure. They can also use patio furniture to access a window, so keep them away from the house.

Protect your alley or side path

Consider getting a lockable side gate, and check that the handles can’t be used to step on and hop over. Trellis work also makes it more difficult as they snap easily.

Don’t reveal your routine or holiday plans

You should always keep your calendar away from windows, but this also means being sensible on social media. Burglars use this so don’t reveal plans and only upload snaps once you’re back.

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For more information on crime prevention, you can visit the police.uk website.

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