Safe as houses

Published 10 January 2014

Did you get a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, or maybe you’ve treated yourself to the latest flat screen TV in the sales? January is a time when many people have new gadgets in their home, so it’s a good time to think about your home security.

Burglars know that there can often be rich pickings around in January, but there are steps you can take to protect your home and belongings and help prevent your home from being the next target. Crime is down and the police are working to keep it down, but you can help.

Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity. A burglar only needs to spot an open window or unlocked side gate to make a move. Think about it, if you know your home is easy to get into, so will a thief. Statistics show that households with window locks and double locks or deadlocks on outside doors are less likely to be the victim of a burglary than those without any security measures.

The good news is it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make your home more secure.

Home security tips

  • Close and lock all doors and windows even if you only pop out for a few minutes
  • Don’t leave a spare door key under the mat or in a flowerpot, burglars know all the usual hiding places
  • If you have a burglar alarm, use it
  • Make sure the side or back gate is shut and locked
  • Lock your shed and garage
  • Don’t leave valuables or car keys visible on windowsills or within reach of the letterbox
  • Make sure your curtains are shut and a light is left on if you are going out in the evening when it is dark
  • If you’ve bought something new in the sales, don’t advertise it by leaving the box or packaging on show next to the wheelie bin

You can get more advice about security measures on your police force website.

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