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Safeguarding against burglary

Unsurprisingly, August is the busiest holiday month in the UK with more than 7 million people holidaying abroad and millions more travelling to holiday spots across the UK.

With 43% of burglaries being committed when a property is empty, it’s worth putting in a little effort to deter would-be thieves. Take a look at our handy tips to keep your property safe this summer.

Try not to advertise your house is empty

  • Putting your holiday plans on Facebook & Twitter or announcing that you are away on answer machine messages could alert potential burglars

  • Cancel your milk & paper deliveries

  • Don’t let post pile up – consider using Royal Mail’s Keep Safe service

  • Try not to leave your curtains drawn – instead move valuables out of easy sight of windows

  • Create the impression you are at home with security timer switches which turn on lights and radios automatically at a particular time.

Protecting your main building

Entry, in around 20% of all household burglaries, is via an unsecured door or window. Even the most basic security measures will help to deter burglars:

  • Make sure windows are secured by key operated locks and doors with locks that meet BS3621 security standard

  • Consider security lighting that will illuminate anyone coming close to your property, as it is a great deterrent for would-be thieves

  • Alarms really do make burglars think twice

Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com - a free on-line database that enables you to record the serial numbers and descriptions of your valuables. It helps the police to identify any recovered property and return it to you.

Don't forget the shed!

The value of property kept in sheds and outbuildings is ever increasing. The content also provides would-be burglars with all sorts of tools that can help them gain entry to the main property and the means for a quick getaway.

Keep these buildings secure by:

  • Concentrating on external entry points – consider using deadlocks and a locking bar with close shackle padlock on sheds and garage doors. Fit grilles/bars to windows and consider painting or covering windows to hide any attractive equipment or furniture from view

  • Securing tools and ladders so that they cannot be used to break into the main property

  • Paying special attention to high value mobile items – if you’re leaving your car, take the keys on holiday with you or leave them with a trusted neighbour. Keep bikes covered so they are not visible from windows. More information on keeping your bike safe can be found here .

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