How to protect your home

We all want to feel safe and secure in our own homes and want to avoid an unwelcome visit from a burglar at all costs. 
Home security covers a number of different areas but this guide outlines a few simple steps that might help to protect your home and deter would be thieves.


 Good home images     Bad home images    
 good_window Shut and lock
windows and doors
when you are out
 bad_bag Leave valuables
on display
 good_lighting Make your house
look occupied using
lights and radios
on a timer and
outside lighting
 bad_keys Leave your car
keys so that they
are visible or reachable
from the door
or window
 good_shutgate Shut and lock
your side gate
 bad_doormat Hide keys under
your doormat or
in plant pots
 good_pricklyplants Plant prickly
plants in your
 bad_garage Forget to lock away
and secure valuable
items or tools that
can be used to break
in with
 good_garagedoor Secure sheds
and garages
 bad_bin Park your
wheelie bin by your
side gate as it provides
a handy step!
 good_burglaralarm Install a good
burglar alarm
 bad_boxes Put empty boxes for
expensive items by
your bin as these
advertise what’s inside
your house


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Outside the house

  • Consider installing a good quality burglar alarm to your property.
  • Use low level dusk to dawn lighting around the outside of your home.
  • Consider using prickly plants as boundaries; criminals do not like climbing through prickly plants and hedges.
  • Crunchy gravel driveways are a good deterrent as thieves do not like to be heard.
  • Don’t forget to protect your shed - install metal grills over windows, reinforce hinges and invest in a good lock.
  • Consider securing valuable items inside your shed or garage using security cables or chains with robust padlocks.
  • At the front of your property keep boundary fences and hedges low to allow as much natural surveillance as possible from neighbours, passing pedestrians and traffic.
  • The rear garden should have a secure boundary.
  • Secure garden furniture and ornaments with bolts or to a concrete base using metal pins and make sure they are security marked.
  • Expensive plants can be secured in the ground using wire and pegs around the root ball.

Inside the house

  • Most burglars enter property through insecure doors and windows so fit good bolts and locks to all doors and windows and ALWAYS USE THEM.
  • Use a timer device to make your house look like there is someone home.
  • Don’t leave valuables on display where they can easily be seen through a window, especially car keys.
  • Photograph items of jewellery, antiques and other items that may be difficult to describe.
  • Always back up home computer records on disc and store them safely in case the computer is stolen.
  • Mark valuable items with your postcode using an ultra violet marker or use a forensic marking kit. Property marked will be less attractive to the thief and easier to identify if stolen.
  • Consider purchasing a safe for storing valuables.
  • Don’t keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Shred all receipts and utility bills to avoid criminals using your identity.

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