Tips to prevent burglary

As part of an ongoing burglary reduction campaign, the RCIPS and Rotary Central are issuing the following advice to residents:

General Security:

• Ensure doors and windows are kept locked and secure – even if you are just popping out for a few minutes.

• Sliding doors are often a popular method of entry – inserting a piece of wood – or something similar – into the gap to prevent the door from sliding back, should the lock be broken, can discourage potential burglars from targeting your home.

• Do not leave a spare key hidden under a mat or plant pot.

• Make sure keys are kept out of reach of windows and doors.

• Look out for your neighbours – if you notice something suspicious call the police.

Don’t tempt burglars:

• Keep valuable items out of view.

• Make sure gardening equipment is secure and not left lying around.

• Let them know you have taken precautions – if you have an alarm put the box or sticker on show and if you have a dog put up a warning sign.

Holiday security:

• If you are going away ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property and ask them to open and close curtains or put lights on to make your house look lived in.

• If you are leaving your car at the airport – ask a neighbour to park in your space occasionally.

Security equipment:

• Take a look around your home and imagine you are a burglar. Look for security weak points.

• Fit locks to windows and doors – if they are easily visible they may deter some thieves.

• Consider fitting an alarm.

• Mark your goods with your PO Box so that if they are stolen and recovered they can be easily identified as belonging to you.