The clocks go forward this weekend, which must mean that spring is finally here after a very long winter!
The (hopefully) warmer weather offers a great opportunity to get outside in the garden. Take a moment first to think about home security and you’ll reduce your risk of falling victim to opportunistic thieves all summer long.
- Ensure that doors and windows at the front of your home are secure if you are enjoying time in the garden.
- Expensive garden equipment should always be locked away in a safe and secure location when not in use. The same goes for bikes which can be a tempting target if left unattended and unsecured. Fit good quality padlocks to sheds and garages.
- Make sure tools such as ladders and spades are securely locked away as well. Don’t give thieves a chance to use these to help break into your home.
- Visibly and permanently marking your belongings helps you and the police identify them if they are stolen. It can also make it difficult for the thief to dispose of the property.
This year, the arrival of spring coincides with the easing of lockdown and increased opportunities to get out and about. If you are heading out, remember to securely lock all doors and windows before leaving the house. It’s easy to forget when you’re in a hurry to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun, but it’s the simplest way for a burglar to enter your home. Don’t forget some simple measures you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of vehicle crime either.
- Lock the doors and close the windows and sun roof every time you leave
your car or van, even for a moment.
- Don’t leave anything on display – even a jacket can seem like an appealing
target if a thief thinks there might be something in the pockets.
- Store vehicle documents in your home, not your car or van.
- Park in well-lit areas that are visible to others or covered by CCTV. If you
have a garage at home, use it.
And finally, while you’re thinking about home safety, take a minute to check your smoke alarms too. It could save your life!
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If you fall victim to a crime, contact the Police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.