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Security tips

Alert message sent 28/08/2020 12:46:00

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I have seen on North Yorkshire police website and is good general advice.

Security tips
Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)

Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)

Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)

Consider installing CCTV to cover your property and put up a sign to declare that you have CCTV for your neighbours and potential intruders to see.

Install good outside lighting and make sure your security lights are in good working order

Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property

Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied

Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition, especially rear fencing

Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage

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

Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property

Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges

Get your property marked and registered with a property marking system

Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme 

Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows

Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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