Crime reduction tips to reduce the risk of your property from being burgled
the use of timer switches can deceive a potential suspect to think that someone
may be in the property. Have one in the lounge that comes on at dusk and one in
the bedroom that comes on later that night. Timer switches can not only be used
with lamps but also radios so voices can be heard by anyone outside the property.
lights: worked by a sensor, have these located around the outside of the property
so that anyone going around the back for example will activate them. Consider
also having a switch in a bedroom and downstairs so you can activate themselves
if you hear someone. Make sure that the lights when activated by a sensor do not
go off after just a few seconds.
If you can afford this, consider installing closed a closed circuit television
system with cameras outside and make sure it can record. In certain situations
"dummy" cameras can be quite effective.
windows and doors:- A lot of burglaries happen by offenders entering the property
through an insecure window or door. Make sure you lock your windows and doors
when not in use and when you leave the property.
A 5 Lever Motice lock (British standard BS3621) is the standard lock that is suitable
for a front door to accompany a rim lock. Most insurance companies will require
this and it to be used when the property is unoccupied.
door itself should be British Standard PAS 24. On PVC doors the locks are normally
integrated and effective but make sure the lock is fully engaged and remove the
keys after locking. Windows should also have locks on them and if in vulnerable
locations such as a rear window on a flat roof an extra lock can be added for
Patio doors can also benefit from extra locks and locks for the purpose are on
the market. The condition of the frame, hinges and any glass panels should be
checked. Details about the certification of the locks and which are best for different
type of windows can be found on the Master lock smith's association website: http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/homeSecurity/default.asp
and type of locks can be discussed with specialised lock companies that can
be found in the yellow pages or on the internet.
left out: don't leave item lying around that a potential offender could use
to break into your property, this includes tools, loose bricks, general debris
and ladders. Secure items in shed, garage or outbuilding with a British Standard
close shackle padlock.
mark: property mark all items of value with a UV pen or forensic security
coding pack. The UV pen works by writing your house name or number and postcode
on the item and if the item is stolen and comes into police hands we check everything
with a UV light and the address should appear for us to then make enquires and
to hopefully return the item to you.
forensic coding systems use a chemical solution that just needs to be placed on
the item of value and left to dry (follow the instructions on the package), again
if the item is found to have the solution on it when checking with a UV light
this will be sent to a laboratory for the solution to be checked to see what house
and resident it is register to. Contact your local crime reduction advisor for
any further advice.
Don't leave valuable items on full display. If you get a new TV for example don't
leave it in full view in front of the window with the empty box displayed outside
for the bin men to collect. Use blinds and curtains to stop persons seeing into
your property from the road.
and garden security -Use Trellis on top of fencing and walls at the side and rear
of your property as this is generally the point of entry for an offender as they
think they are less likely to be seen. Prikka Strip is also an effective way to
stop persons climbing your fence. This can be found at most security companies
and at DYI stores.
that are exposed: Don't leave your keys on display - Don't leave items of
value around the front door or leave your keys on display for potential suspects
to target by gaining access to your property through the letterbox. Some offenders
target nice vehicles and gain the keys by putting a hook through the letterbox
and taking the keys. Keys should be in a safe place in case of a fire but not
on display for potential offenders.
Burglar alarms - a visible burglar alarm also works as a deterrent. If
you decide to get an alarm make sure you speak with at least 3 companies and quotes
from each of them with details of the packages they are offering. Make sure the
security company is regulated by either NSI or SSAIB and has been accredited to
ensure they are a good standard.
Milk and Newspaper deliveries: Make sure you cancel your newspapers and milk
if you are going to be away and as many properties now have outside letter boxes,
ask a friend or neighbour to empty each day so there is not post exposed from
a full letter box.
Look out for each other. It is a known fact that some offenders do not like Neighbourhood
watch areas and avoid them. Even if you don't have a watch scheme look after each
other and identify vulnerable people in your road/area that could be assisted
by the local community. For example if a neighbour is having problems with their
gardening, maybe you could help or direct them to a charity that could help with
their gardening needs. Offenders target properties where an elderly or vulnerable
person may live. Watch each others properties while on holiday as they can then
repay the favour when you are away.
thanks to the Thames Valley Police Crime Prevention and Reduction Advisor at High
Wycombe Police Station for some of the material used here
This information should not be relied on for accuracy and is presented here without
the responsibility of jml Property Service and the website it is being displayed
at. ©jml property Services 10-09
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