Burglary Prevention Toolkit
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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.
The Home Office also has a 44-page booklet.
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 a book but unfortunately it can’t be downloaded, only read online.
Buzzfeed, the home of lists, has ‘21 cheap and effective tricks to keep your home safe’. It’s a US list, so not 100% relevant, but a useful list nonetheless.
The Police have created their own official website to help householders protect their properties and possessions from thieves. Called Secured By Design, it also contains sections for businesses, construction sites, and security products providers as well as private residents, but the section on securing your home is comprehensive and full of good advice. See www.securedbydesign.com.
This film on Youtube shows an actual burglar breaking into a home in the UK before being caught red-handed by police.
In this film, three convicted burglars share tips of their trade in a crime prevention video produced by the police in Columbus, Ohio.
In January 2015 a covert cameraman spent a day with notorious burglar and thief Ricky Jones, following him around Havering in east London to produce this film for the Metropolitan Police.
Sky News reports an ex-burglar’s crime prevention tips.
The Manchester Evening News has filmed an interview with a burglar about vulnerabilities he looks out for in people’s homes.
Neighbourhood Watch and West Yorkshire Police have created a basic Burglary Prevention Checklist.