Remember: Most burglaries are opportunistic
Register valuable items free of charge with immobilise.com, a property register that helps police identify your property and catch criminals.
If you need to have your locks repaired or replaced, are wanting to upgrade your security or simply want a security survey then you can find a vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith near you via the Master Locksmiths Association: locksmiths.co.uk / 0800 783 1498. Their website also has useful security advice including a visual guide to home security.
Consider using commercial property recovery systems. Secured by Design has accredited a number of products which use forensic trace, permanent marks or secure internet:
Look at securedbydesign.com for more security tips and recommended products. You can also speak to your local Neighbourhood & Home Watch Association as they may have products available directly from them.
Garden security is very important as the garden is an access point into your home. Make sure to secure your garden with lockable gates and walls or substantial fencing. Thorny plants around the perimeter and trellis on top of fences make it harder for an intruder to access your garden. Also, keep your ladder and garden tools locked away, as they can be used by burglars to access your home.
When you go away
Don’t publish your absence on the internet. Status updates, comments and photos on social media can all give away the fact that you are out of your home for an extended period.