• Look around the garden, check you are not leaving tools and ladders out, these could be used to break into your house, lock them up with a bike chain.
  • Check your security lighting, is it in good working order? 

  • Sliding patio doors and windows – especially aluminium – try to lift and slide from the outside, if they open, fit additional safety locks!

  • Don’t hang your keys on a hook by your front door, choose somewhere less obvious!

  •  Safes:  Choose a place that ISN’T your master bedroom wardrobe.  This is the first place a thief will look for it.

  •  When working in the garden or by the pool, check all doors and windows on blind-side areas are locked.  Opportunist burglars are known to enter and quickly swipe bags while your back is turned.

  • Set up your house alarm using sleep zones when you are in bed.

  • Don’t keep the “emergency” key for your safe INSIDE your safe!

  • Old louver windows – the glass can be removed very easily so ensure you have a security grill fitted.

  • Overall, be aware of who is in your area, check around when you leave your driveway, if there is an unrecognised vehicle hanging around take a photo with your phone and report to the local police or neighbourhood watch.

  • Use timers for lights and radios if you will be out of the house overnight, they create the impression someone is at home.

  • Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and security lighting can be deterrents.  Particularly ensure that recessed areas and doorways have good security lighting.  Make sure that lights don’t disturb your neighbours and that alarms turn off after 20 minutes.

  • Walls and solid fencing around your house may let a thief break in without being seen.  Trees and shrubs can also be hiding places.  Chain-link fencing or trellises with prickly shrubs can be a better compromise.

  • Fit a spy hole so that you can see who is at the door.  Also have a door chain so that you can open the door a little way to talk to visitors.  A motion sensor camera at your perimeter could also be a good idea.

  • Join Neighbourhood Watch, they are excellent ways for communities to fight burglary.

  • Mark your valuable belongings with a property-marking product, check online for available options.

  • For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring.  A professional burglar looks for places where the security system can be disconnected.

  • Plan to “break-in” to your own property.  You’ll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.

  • It’s easy for a thief to break glass panels and then reach in and open a doorknob from the inside.  A door with glass panels should be either fortified, replaced, or secured with deadbolts that can only be opened with a key.

  • Ask your local Locksmith for a free security review. 

  • Check your keys, are they copiable without your authorisation?  Do you know who has keys to your property?  We recommend you change the locks as soon as you move into a new home.

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