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We all want to feel safe and secure in our own homes; the following simple steps will improve the protection of your home and deter would-be thieves.

Around the house

  • When you go out for the evening, try to make your house look occupied.
  • Shut and lock any gates into your back garden.
  • Maintain your fences and consider using prickly plants along garden boundaries.
  • Secure sheds and garages with grilles over windows, strong hinges and a good lock.
  • Have low fences or hedges at the front of your home to remove hiding places and allow you or your neighbours to see whose looking around.
  • The extra noise made by a gravel driveway and paths can be a good deterrent.
  • Return any tools to the shed or garage after use.
  • Ensure garden furniture, ornaments or expensive plants are securely fixed in place, photographed and security marked.

Your home

  • Shut and lock windows and doors when you’re upstairs, in the garden or just popped next door.
  • Consider installing a good quality burglar alarm to your property.
  • Use low level dusk-to-dawn lighting around the front door.

Inside your home

  • Keep strangers outside.
  • Photograph and forensically mark electrical items, jewellery, antiques and other unique items to help in their recovery.
  • Keep your car and house keys in a secure place away from windows and doors.
  • Installing and using a safe would protect your valuables.
  • Avoid keeping large amounts of cash at home.
  • Protect your identity by shredding any old receipts, utility bills or correspondence.
  • Always back up your computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet to an external hard drive or secure cloud based server.
  • Ensure your internet router and Wi-Fi connections are secured with passwords which should be changed after a period of time.
Page last updated: 11 January 2018