Security measures for the home

According to the police reports, homes that have no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. A good start is decent window locks and strong deadlocks, they can make a big difference.

Here are a few tips to get you going on securing your home:

  • Every time you leave the house, make sure you lock your doors and windows, even if you’re just out in the garden, remember some doors you need to lift the handle and turn the key

  • Keep keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox. Remember thieves sometimes use devices that can be used to hook keys through the letterbox

  • Although a burglar alarm alone will not prevent entry to your home, it could scare the burglar away so make sure it’s visible from the outside

  • Install good outside lighting

  • Get to know your neighbours, that way a trusted neighbor can keep an eye on your property

  • If possible, leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied at all times
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in tip top condition

  • Lock bikes at home to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage

  • Store away ladders and tools; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

  • Make sure side gates are locked securely to prevent access to the rear of the property

  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair

  • Consider joining your local neighbourhood watch, or if there isn’t one around, then form one in your community

  • Don’t have valuables visible on the ground floor of your property, they will seem easily accessible to burglars

  • Ensure your high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) are in a safe, secured place or bank vault

If you’ve just moved into a new home, take a look at our page on how to run a household.

Content was sourced from the police crime prevention website.