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Burglary advice

Follow our tips about how to prevent burglary.  Don't give the burglar a chance.

  • Make your house look lived-in - burglars won’t be tempted by a full house. If you’re out during the night, keep your lights on a timer and consider keeping your radio playing so it seems like someone is home. 
  • Lock up when you leave - make sure all and windows on your house, vehicle and garages or sheds are securely locked at all times. Not only can valuable tools be appealing to burglars, they can also be used to force entry to a home. If you have a PVC-U or multilock door, ensure that you lift up the handle and turn and remove the key.
  • Keep valuables out of sight - keys, wallets, mobile phones and laptops left in view can entice opportunist thieves. Try to keep them hidden in a safe place or store them out of view of windows. 
  • Don’t give crooks an easy entry - never leave keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender would look. 
  • Look out for neighbours - ask a friend to keep an eye on your house if you go away, and do the same for neighbours. Stay alert to suspicious activity on your street. Consider joining a watch scheme – to join or contact your local Neighbourhood Watch team
  • Security mark your property -  high-value belongings such as laptops, tablets, smartphone and games consoles using UV pens, and make sure you register them on . This can help police to return any items that are stolen to their rightful owners. 
    To request a UV pen fpr personal use, please email
  • Report incidents - call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress. You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use our online reporting form.
  • Complete the home security checklist - take a few minutes to review the security in your home.Most domestic security issues can be improved quickly and cheaply, and will put your mind at rest. Complete the Checklist 
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