Stay One Step Ahead of the Burglar

Please read the below advice and consider how this can be applied to your property and your circumstances:

Always keep doors and windows closed and locked or in a ventilated but locked position, even when you are inside the house.
Always check and lock doors with a key - never assume that just pushing up an internal handle will lock the door.
Remove keys from window and door locks, but keep them in a familiar and safe place where all members of the family know where to find them in the event of an emergency.
Never leave items such as keys, bags and money on show through a window, as these can prove a real temptation for an opportunist burglar.
Consider the position of key racks or shelves next to a door and ensure that they cannot be reached through the letter box.
Use timer switches to turn on lights and radios when you are going to be away from your house at dusk.
Consider the use of lights at the front and rear of your property that are activated when someone approaches.
Consider the use of bolts and padlocks on side gates. Place the bolts at the top, middle and bottom of the gate, as just a top bolt might be easy to reach and open.
Consider chaining together all high value items stored in outbuildings, as this will make it harder for them to be removed. Also consider the use of a wireless alarm or link your shed or garage into an existing home intruder alarm system.
Consider property marking your valuable and sentimental personal possessions with liquid DNA kits such as Smartwater, SelectaDNA or with an engraving kit for items such as tools and cycles.
A visible intruder alarm box can prove to be one of the biggest deterrents to an opportunist burglar, so consider installing a DIY or supplier installed system.
Homeowners are also urged to check their home insurance policies to ensure their property meets the security standards required. Insurance companies often refuse to pay out if properties do not meet these standards or are left unsecured.

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