Focus on Security

Focussing On Security.

Contrary to popular belief, most domestic burglaries are committed by ‘opportunists’. The criminal picks a house that looks unoccupied, has little or no obvious security and where they think they won’t be seen. Often these are spur-of-the-moment decisions made when an easy target presents itself such as an open window, valuables being left on view or lapses in security.

Landscaping

Overgrown gardens provide cover for burglars, prune back large shrubs, hedges and trees. Place trellis along the top of rear fences to make it difficult to climb. Hostile plants, such as the berberis variety, can be grown alongside the fence for added protection.

Garden Sheds and Garages

Keep sheds and garages securely locked. Chain tools and ladders to a strong anchorage point, and property mark expensive items.

Lighting

External lighting that comes on automatically at dusk and stays on all night until dawn is recommended by the Home Office and Surrey Police. If low wattage light bulbs are used it can cost as little as 1p per night in electricity.

Burglar Alarm

A burglar alarm installed and used properly can deter burglars. The sight of an alarm box outside your home may alone be enough to discourage burglars. There are various different types of monitored and audible alarms, seek advice from your local Crime Reduction Advisor.

Main Doors

All exterior doors should be fitted with at least a five-lever mortice lock conforming to British Standard 3621. Locks are only as good as the door and frame so make sure they are in good condition too. Patio doors and French windows should have relevant additional locks fitted as necessary.

Keys

Some burglaries are committed by keys being hooked through windows and letterboxes. Keys should be kept in a safe place, well away from doors and windows.

Windows

Ensure window frames are in good condition and consider having window locks fitted particularly to those windows that could be accessible to burglars.

Make Your Property Unique

Mark property with postcode and house number using a UV pen, forensic coding kit, engraver or other marking kit. This devalues property for the burglar and therefore acts as a deterrent. Valuable items should also be photographed and inventory kept along with descriptions and serial numbers.

Are You In?

Make your home look occupied while you are out. Invest in plug in timers for lamps and radios. Cancel milk and newspapers when on holiday and ask a trusted neighbour to close your curtains at night and open them again in the morning.

Vehicles

Bicycles should always be securely locked when not in use. Valuables should be removed including sat navs and cradles, mobile phones, bags and clothes.