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Home Security Advice

remember, always lock before you leave:

Last year, 5,199 people were burgled because they didn't lock their front door. It's easy to leave your front door unlocked, especially when you're in a hurry or distracted. But even if you only do it once, that could be enough to get burgled.
Most burglars are opportunistic - they look for an easy way to get in that won't take long or arouse suspicion, so many try the front door first.

how does a burglar’s mind work?

Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his or her target because it offers them the best opportunity to carry out the crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in their way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured:
•  Side gates open
•  Accessible windows open
•  Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows
•  Garden tools available to force entry
•  Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it's worth a second look.
•  Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to 'tailgate' them into buildings.

the question is, are the occupants in?

bull; 

- Milk bottles or parcels on the doorstep
- Newspapers and mail in the letter box
- Unlit houses after dark
- All windows shut in very hot weather

These are signs telling the burglar that he or she is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his or her work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.

are you leaving a thief the key to your house?

Never leave a spare key concealed anywhere near the front door - burglars know all the hiding places.
Prevent letterbox burglaries by storing keys away from the front door.
Do not label your house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands.
Remove temptation, where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows.

MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOUR HOUSE IS OCCUPIED:

Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically.

Have a neighbour or friend pop round to clear your letter box or doorstep.
Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive.
If going out after dark, draw the curtains, leave some lights on and a radio playing.