Keep opportunist burglars at bay

Published: 31 October 2019

- Always keep doors and windows locked, even when you’re in. Remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of view or reach.
- Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use.
- Make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order. Always activate your alarm when you leave the house and go to bed.
- Don’t leave items of value on show through ground floor windows (i.e. laptops, tablets, mobile phones, car keys etc.)
- Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Keep ladders and tools securely stored away, don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
- Consider joining our Smart Alert scheme and following your neighbourhood policing teams on Facebook and Twitter so you can receive crime alerts and prevention advice from your local police officers.
- Look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them to follow the STOP, CHAIN and CHECK rule when people call at the door:
STOP: If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.
CHAIN: Use your door chain or bar before opening the door.
CHECK: Ask to see ID and double check this.
- Local residents are encouraged to contact the police if they have any suspicions about doorstep callers or witness any suspicious behaviour.

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