Deter Burglars

Here are some precautions people can take to deter burglers

  • Make sure your home looks occupied. Ideally ask a trusted neighbour to look after house (collecting mail, watering plants looking after pets etc) Let them have a spare key but don’t put name and address on it.
  • Lock all windows and doors, and ensure devices such as alarms are working. Burglars only need a 23cm (9”) gap to get into a premises.
  • Don’t leave valuables on show, pull down blinds or store items out of view wherever possible.
  • Use timer switches and low energy light bulbs, especially when properties are vacant for long periods.
  • Leave a radio switched on in a hall way. Create an illusion that somebody is home.
  • Avoid leaving spare keys to the house outside in a garage or shed.
  • Check that outside areas such as sheds and outbuildings are secure and items are stored safely (tools left lying around may be used to break into the property).
  • Gardens should be kept tidy and free of debris, as unkempt gardens may signal that the property is empty. Cut lawn before you go and trim back any plants that burglars could hide behind.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home.
  • Do not put home address on luggage when travelling abroad to your holiday destination.
  • Ask a neighbour to park a vehicle on your drive, and move it regularly.
  • Keep in contact with neighbours and report any unusual activity.