Keep your Home Secure

It only takes seconds for a burglary to take place.  Many of these crimes are opportunistic - where a criminal will see an opportunity and take it.

What does a burglar look for when choosing a property?

  • A home which appears to be empty
  • Easy access to the back of the building
  • Trees and high bushes in the surrounding area which provide good cover
  • Homes with no visible signs of protection such as alarms or lighting

Door Security

  • Laminated glass should be used in all glazed areas. Wooden beading should be   glued and fixed with security screws
  • Front doors should have a viewer and door chain
  • Back doors should ideally be fitted with a five lever mortise deadlock and two sashlocks (latch)
  • Letter boxes should be positioned so that people cannot reach through and release the lock
  • When fitting security products always remember to use strong bolts and long screws
  • Make sure you have an escape route in case of fire or other emergency

Patio Doors

  • Most patio doors made recently will incorporate a multi-point locking system
  • On older units and those without multi-point locking, fit special patio door locks to the top and bottom of the sliding door
  • Ensure that an "anti-lift" device is used. This will prevent the sliding door being levered off its runners

Window Locks

  • In the absence of a multi-point locking system and laminated glass, all ground floor windows and those which open onto accessible areas, balconies or roofs should be fitted with window locks, unless designated as a means of escape

French Windows

  • These generally open outwards, have exposed hinges and at least two flexible edges. These doors are especially susceptible to attack from levering instruments, e.g. screwdrivers, jemmies or even garden tools
  • Security on timber and metal frame French windows can be improved by fitting mortise or surface-mounted security bolts on the inside top and bottom, together with hinge bolts and frame reinforcement

Glass windows and glazed areas

  • For those windows and other glazed areas which are at higher risk of criminal attack, fit laminated safety glass. Vulnerable areas include patio doors, French windows and glazed external doors, as well as windows adjacent to any door
  • Beware of toughened safety glass! It shatters into thousands of small pieces with no sharp edges, leaving a gaping hole to climb or reach through: toughened safety glass can be regarded as 'burglar friendly'. Do not confuse it with laminated safety glass
  • In double glazed units, laminated glass on both the inner and outer surfaces will offer the ultimate protection. However, one pane of laminated glass should be enough to prevent entry. It is generally recommended that the laminated pane is fitted on the inside surface, thereby offering protection from the burglar and reduced risk of accidental injury to the occupants
  • Register any valuable items on the national Immobilise database which aims to help reduce crime and return stolen items to their rightful owners

Keep your keys safe

  • Never leave a spare key concealed anywhere near the front door, for example under a mat, flower pot, stone or dangling from a string behind the letterbox - burglars know all of the hiding places
  • Don't store house/car keys just inside your front door to prevent letterbox burglaries. (Burglars could try to fish for the keys through the letterbox)
  • Do not label your keys in case they fall into the wrong hands if lost

Keep valuables out of view

  • Don’t put temptation in view of the burglar
  • Keep valuables hidden away so that they cannot be seen from outside your house through windows
  • Consider partly closing blinds / curtains and put portable items out of view