DON’T BE SORRY, BE SAFE

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DON’T BE SORRY, BE SAFE

DON’T BE SORRY, BE SAFE

The summer months are, hopefully, going to be warm and sunny.  You might be thinking of holidays or days out at the beach.  Don’t let the threat of being burgled whilst you are enjoying the summer spoil it.  If thieves think a house is unoccupied it becomes a potential target.  Here are some ideas to help deter any burglar.

  • Fit burglar alarms with flashing lights & sounders at the front & back of your property.
  • Switch lights on or put a radio on when you go out.  You can buy timer devices to do this automatically.
  • Check that all doors & windows are properly closed and locked.
  • Check side & back gates are secure.
  • Check there are no garden tools outside, keep ladders out of sight.
  • Check sheds, garages and outbuildings are locked.
  • If you can, fit tamper-proof automatic outside security lights.
  • Do not leave accessible windows open at night.
  • If you’re going away on holiday, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home, cancel any milk & newspaper deliveries.  Ask your neighbour to push the post through your letter box if it’s sticking through.  Ask them to park on your drive if they can.
  • If you are at home, then always keep your front and back doors locked  – otherwise opportunist thieves might just walk through your front or back door whilst you are upstairs.
  • At home don’t be a victim of distraction burglary, where more than one person calls at your door, trying to dupe you into letting one caller in to burgle you whilst you are distracted by another one.

It can be very distressing to come home and find your house has been burgled.  The emotional cost of losing precious belongings and valuable objects can never be underestimated.  In order to make selling your possessions as difficult as possible take photographs of valuable items e.g. jewellery, paintings, antiques.  Keep these photos in a safe place outside the home.  If you can mark items with UV or indelible ink it makes it harder to sell on.   The UK National Property Register, Immobilise, offer a FREE registration service for your property which is also linked to the Police national property database.  More details @ https://www.immobilise.com/

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