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Staying Safe @ Home

Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

Fit a security light over your front door.

  • Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically.
  • Never leave a spare key concealed any where near the front door.
  • Do not label your house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands.
  • Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows.

If you are away for extended periods:

  • Set your burglar alarm.  If you do not have an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a dummy alarm box.
  • Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers.
  • Disconnect the telephone answering machine, or re-word your greeting message to give the impression that you are only temporarily unable to answer.
  • Ask a neighbour to clear your letter box or doorstep when you are away.  If you are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains to be drawn and lights to be put on at night.  If snow is on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear inhabited.
  • Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive.
  • Check your insurance policy.  Some insurance policies for contents don't cover you if you are away for more than 30 days.

For further information please visit http://www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention/burglary.htm.


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