Home Security

Making Your Home Safer

We continue to have thefts and burglaries

The police work hard to catch the offenders but please remain vigilant and do everything you can to make your home safer.

 What can you do? 

It's important to make your home as protected as possible to ensure that it is a safe place

  • Make sure all points of entry to your home or property have locks. 
  • If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it - LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE.  
  • Put keys in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
  • Make sure you lock up before going to bed at night. 
  • Don't leave your keys in doors and windows or hanging within easy reach of the front door. 
  • When you leave the property, no matter for how long, make sure that entry points are all locked.
  • Windows that are left insecure or partially open are often used as a means of entry into your home.
  • Think about further security measures - a fence, burglar alarm or security lights likely to deter burglars. They can also decrease your insurance payments.
  • To help you feel secure when answering your door, fit a spy hole so you can see who is calling. You should also fit a door chain.
  • Don't let anyone into the property that you feel unsure about, and always ask to see identification if they don't have any, do not let them in.

Protect your Home

There’s plenty you can do to imrpove home security. The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Bumblebee website is packed with useful advice including a Virtual House Tour that highlights vulnerable areas of your home, as well as dedicated sections on windows, doors, lighting, gardens, alarms and apartments.

Here are the Met’s Top 10 tips for securing your home:

  • Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
  • Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Remember - LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
  • Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
  • Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
  • Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
  • Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items, and securely fix it to a solid surface.
  • Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
  • Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
  • Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to
  • remove hiding places.
  • Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register items with serial numbers at the national property register Immobilise.

Summer Home Security

Summer! This means that its time to be thinking of a security check for your home.

Burglaries happen more often now as windows are left open, and doors are left unlocked. If you are in the back garden, with your front door left unlocked, all you are doing is presenting an opportunity for a burglar. Remember to always lockyour front door when at home, and always close your windows when you go out.

Read more: Summer Home Security

Home Safety

There was a time when everyone would feel safe once they closed their door and were indoors.

Now, with all the stories we hear in the media, many people are feeling worried even when they are indoors.

 

This guide from the Our Watch site provides some advice on improving home security.

 

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 Safer Homes Guide