Burglary prevention toolkit
To help you raise awareness among your community about burglary and what can be done to help prevent it, we’ve compiled a range of free campaign materials that you can use to inform and educate people in your neighbourhood.
- Leaflets that you can print off and put through people’s letterboxes, or forward to them via email.
- Online materials such as campaign websites, videos, GIFs and graphics that you can forward to people by email or share on social media sites such as your Neighbourhood Watch Facebook group or Twitter feed.
Every police force has their own approach to burglary prevention, so be aware that the advice in these resources may not be exactly the same as the advice your local force may provide. We would advise using the resources from your local police force where possible. If your region is not represented here, it’s best to use national resources such as Home Office or Secured By Design.
- Neighbourhood Watch has created a basic burglary prevention checklist
- This leaflet has been developed jointly by Northants Neighbourhood Watch and Police
- There’s a distraction burglary leaflet here from Thames Valley Police
- Metropolitan, the housing association, runs an anti-burglary support project – you can find their leaflet here with details of the scheme.
Resources to share online and via social media
- There’s some online advice here from the Met Police
- Greater Manchester Police has produced an online book
- Buzzfeed, a US list, has ‘21 cheap and effective tricks to keep your home safe’
- Secured By Design, a website to help householders protect their properties and possessions designed by the police contains sections for businesses, construction sites, and security products providers as well as a comprehensive section on securing your home
- Youtube film shows a burglar breaking into a UK home before being caught by police
- Convicted burglars share tips of their trade in a crime prevention video
- A covert cameraman spent a day with a notorious burglar to produce this film for the Metropolitan Police
- The Manchester Evening News has filmed an interview with a burglar about vulnerabilities he looks out for in homes
- Northants Police have developed a burglary prevention website.
Toolkit supported by ERA