Secure your home against burglary
Over 80% of burglaries are committed by thieves taking advantage of opportunities such as unlocked doors, vulnerable windows, and spare keys left in obvious places. Even if you're insured, it's still worth reducing the risk of burglars targeting your property by taking a few simple precautions to secure your home.
Inside your home
Ensure all windows are fitted with key-operated window locks, and external doors have locks conforming to British Standard 3621:2007 + A2:2012. Check that all windows and doors are locked before going to bed, leaving home, or spending time in your garden. Never leave keys in window or door locks! Keep them out of site and away from doors, windows and letterboxes. Hide expensive equipment, such as mobile phones and laptops, from view. When installing a TV, try to position it so it's difficult to see from the outside of your home. Keep your valuables in a safe place and out of sight. Take photos of your valuables and security mark them with your post code and house number. This can help deter thieves and can help the police to recover stolen items. Set a timer to switch your lights on and off at varying intervals when you're out to make it look like someone is at home.
Outside your home
Install a visible burglar alarm to make burglars think twice about targeting your home. Store garden tools and ladders securely in your shed or garage, as these can be used to break into your home. Make sure your property is well lit and your garden is tidy so burglars don't have anywhere to hide. Don't hide a spare key outside as burglars know where to look.
Going on holiday?
Use time controller plugs for lamps to make your home look occupied. Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property and remember to cancel any milk and newspaper deliveries so that they don't stack up on your doorstep.