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How to foil burglars: advice from the police

April 29, 2013

I’ve just had my regular emailing from the local Neighbourhood Watch. It included a really helpful list of points from the local police on how to safeguard your possessions and foil burglars. I realise I need to do a few of them asap. Here they are – enjoy!

Top tips for securing your home:

1. Mark or Etch your property with your full postcode and house or flat number.
2. Register items with a serial number at: Immobilize.com especially bicycles, laptops and mobile phones.
3. Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows.
4. Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.
5. Close & lock all doors and windows, even if you’re out only for a few minutes.
6. Keep your valuables out of sight.
7. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
8. Consider installing a monitored burglar alarm.
9. Always keep sheds and outbuildings securely locked.
10. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.
11. For communal entrances please remember the following:

  • You must only admit persons to the building that you know, or are expecting. Do not buzz just anyone in.
  • Check the identity of all service officials or tradesmen.
  • Ask the caller to quote your account number or pre-arranged code.
  • Look through a window or door viewer to check for uniform and identification, if a     door chain is fitted – use it.
  • Report the presence of unknown persons to the warden, porter or the police.
  • Prevent unknown people following you when entering or leaving the building.
  • Always check the door is secure after you.
  • Contact your landlord if the communal door is not closing correctly – the mechanism may well need adjusting     due to the change in temperature.

For further information on how to protect your home from being burgled go to Crimereduction or Bumblebee.

  • John

    The number of home burglaries traditionally spike in the summer months. I think that light timers and Fake TV (faketv.com) are excellent solutions to deter burglars. Also, playing anti-theft home occupancy sounds MP3 or a CD (sells on Amazon or at webensource.com/burglar_deterrent_cd/ ) in home while away is a great way to scare burglar that someone is in.