Protecting your home
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How to protect your home from burglars
Do not make it easy for people to steal from your home.
Fit strong locks on your front and back doors
Always keep your front and back doors locked
Keep your doors locked even when you are in the house.
Do not leave the key in the door.
Put in safe place.
Fit a door chain to your front and back door.
Use it before you open the door.
Fit locks on all your windows
Close windows before you leave a room
Lock windows before you leave the house
Check your doors and windows are in good conditions.
Check door frames and windows frames and make sure they are strong.
Get doors and windows fixed if they look broken.
If you move house get new locks fitted to the windows and doors
Never leave anything valuable on view from the inside
Someone may break in and take it
Look after the spare keys to your home
Only leave spare keys with a trusted neighbour, friend or relative
Put your keys on a key ring that stands out. This makes them easier to find.
Never put your keys on a tag that has your address written on it.
Don't leave your keys outside where someone could find them
Don't put your spare keys under a flower pot
Don't put your keys under a doormat
Never leave large amounts of cash at home
Always keep large amounts of money in a bank
Register your valuables on the immobilise website
Go to www.immobilse.com and ask someone to help you fill in the form.
If your valuables are stolen, and the police find them, they can give them back to you
Have an outside light near your door
Have a light on inside your home if you are out
You can use a timer to make sure the light goes on and off at different times.
Keep your home safe while you are away
Cancel milk, newspapers and other deliveries
Lock all your doors and windows
Don't talk about going away where strangers can hear you
Don't talk about going away on Social Media like Twitter or Facebook
Ask someone you trust to check your home is ok while you are away.
Give a phone number where you can be contacted to a neighbour you can trust.
Think about joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are run by local people with the help of the Police to help keep themselves and their neighbours safe.
Think about having a burglar alarm put up on your house so that everyone can see it.
Turn the burglar alarm on when you go out.
Always tell the Police if a crime has happened to you
For information on how to contact the contact please select this Contact the police link.
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