With darker nights still upon us, we are sharing some simple ways to protect your home.
Popping out of the house?Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes!Double-lock any doorMake sure that any valuables are out of sight – this includes leaving packaging from outside of your houseKeep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small openingNever leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallwaysIn the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights onIf you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at nightSet your burglar alarmMake sure the side gate is lockedLock your shed or garageLock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
Going away?If you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends – you don’t want potential burglars to know your house will be unattended!Leave lights and a radio on a timer to make your house appears occupiedAsk a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property, or you could join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme to keep in touch with those in your streetConsider asking your neighbours to close curtains after darkIf your driveway will be empty – you could also ask a neighbour to park on there to deter burglars from breaking inRemember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries – you don’t want these piling up on your doorstep!
Our website offers further crime prevention advice:
Crime prevention advice | West Mercia Police
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