Top Tips For Securing Your Home & Garden This Winter

As the nights draw in and British Summer Time comes to an end, it’s a good time to give your home and garden a thorough security review.

Police report that incidents of residential burglary tend to rise in the winter months, so it’s important not to make it easy for burglars by keeping your home and outside areas in the dark.

Here are a few tips to help keep your property secure:
• Check outside lighting is functioning correctly

• Lock patio doors after use

• Lock shed doors after use and consider fitting a shed alarm

• Lock front and back doors with a key

• Close windows that can be accessed easily

• Use timer switches for lights in your home

• Keep curtains closed at night and don’t leave valuable items such as iPads, laptops and jewellery on display during the day. Electronic equipment can be DNA marked and registered. If you are unlucky enough to be burgled, police can trace items back to you if they are recovered.

• Keep shrubbery and hedges at the front of the house pruned to below one metre. Remove any cover for a burglar to work unseen.

• Put away tools such as lawn mowers and DIY equipment. Tools can be stolen but they can also be used by thieves to gain entry to a house, shed or garage.

• Make your home appear occupied, even if it isn’t. An obviously empty house is an open invitation to a burglar.

• Secure bikes in your shed with two locks if possible, including a D-Lock. Bikes can be marked and registered to the national cycle database. Unless a bike is registered, police have no way of knowing who it belongs to if it is stolen and recovered.

• If you are away, let a neighbour know and ask them to keep an eye on your property. Report anything suspicious to police immediately.

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