Home Security

Tackling Burglary is a force priority. Recent statistics show that over 60% of burglaries are via insecure properties with Burglars getting access to homes via open windows and unlocked doors. To prevent your home being an easy target for thieves, please take some time now to assess the security of your home. The following advice below will greatly help to keep your home and posessions safe.


Top Tips to keep your house safe
• Lock doors & windows before you go out
• Remove keys from locks & keep out of reach of windows & doors
• Ensure side gates & sheds are locked
• Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
• Consider fitting a burglar alarm & low energy dusk to dawn lighting, check regularly to ensure they work
• Ensure your house is secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden
• Postcode your valuables with a UV pen, consider registering them on www.immobilise.com
• Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night
• Look out for your neighbour’s property
• Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
• Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday
• Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID


Select Here for further information on Home Security including useful links, tips, and examples. Includes information on: Sheds & Garages, Exterior Lighting, Doors, Windows, Property Marking Systems, and Intruder Alarms.  

You can also visit www.thecrimepreventionwebsite.com who have some useful hints and tips.


Have you considered 'Secured by Design'?

Select Here to learn more about the national initiative to encourage good security in the built environment.


How Secure is Your Shed? Don't be Fools, Secure Your Tools

Police often find that as Spring approaches and the grass begins to grow, crime also starts to grow as garden sheds become a target for thieves. People often do not realise just how much the property in their shed is worth.

How secure is your shed and the property inside it? Consider some, or all, of these tips, depending on how valuable your shed’s contents are to you.

Select Here for a Crime Prevention Poster on garden security including the advice below.

• Do not keep valuables in your garden shed, keep these safely within your home.

• Ensure the door to your shed is secure, use close shackle padlocks

• Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges

• Visibly and permanently mark any property stored in your shed, keeping a
note of any serial numbers

• Chain tools, lawnmowers, strimmers, ladders etc to a fixed object inside the
shed where possible

• Consider locating your shed where you can see it from your house

• Lock any access gates that lead to your shed or garden

• Consider installing a shed alarm and security lighting

Security Risks of Social Networks 

"Having a great time with the family on my holidays in Spain. Weather is excellent and here for two weeks."

If your Privacy settings have not been locked down correctly to the people you trust and the week before you had Geo tagged your post with you home location when sending out a: "Chilling at home after a hard day at work."

You have just in effect given potential burglars lots of very helpful information!
Select Here for some further information on how Burglars are using social media.

Select Here for a link to the Master Locksmiths Association website.

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