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Tips to Prevent Home Burglary
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Tips to prevent home burglary

With today's news that areas in Manchester and Birmingham make the top 10 list of places burgled in the UK, it makes sense to take time to make life difficult for would-be burglars. Even if your neighbourhood isn't on the top 10 list, preventing burglars from targeting your home makes good sense to keep you, your family and belongings safe.

Start outside

Burglars target your house by how it appears from the outside. Reformed burglars tell police they avoid houses with good lighting, shingle or any crunchy surface on driveways and patios, an alarm box, CCTV cameras and signs of a dog in the house.

Tips to deter burglars on the outside of your home:

Home burglary prevention

Tips to secure your garden shed:

Windows are a gateway

Many burglars are opportunistic and will climb in an open window - even in broad daylight. You may think your window is too small for someone to crawl through, but burglars come in all shapes and sizes and can squeeze through spaces you'd not imagine.

When you're home, don't leave downstairs windows open in rooms you're not occupying; burglaries happen very quickly and the 10 minutes you spend in another part of the house could be a burglar's chance to climb in, take your belongings and leave before you've even realised he was there.

Single glazed windows are particularly vulnerable to attack by burglars since plain glass is easily breakable. Consider replacing them if it is within your budget (or ask your landlord to if you're renting).

Be sure to add additional locks to wooden and metal windows, sash windows in particular. They're easy to install and the added safety will help secure your home.

You can't always add additional locks to UPVC windows, but in certain cases they can be fitted as needed.

Regardless of the type of windows you have, they should be locked at all times you're not using them.

Don't forget to shut and lock your windows when you go out or go to bed. Upstairs windows should always be locked when you're not home, and if you're not using them when sleeping.

Doors and mail slots tempt would-be thieves

if you have a mail slot, use a basket or cage on the inside, making it difficult or impossible for thieves to use a tool such as a fishing rod, stick or metal bar to steal items like your car and house keys. If you use a basket or cage on the inside of your mail slot, remove the bottom to prevent mail theft.

When it comes to doors, locks are king. Here are some things to look out for:

Inside your home

There are things you can do to make your house less tempting for would-be thieves.

Keep valuables out of sight, even if you're leaving the room for just 10 minutes.

Burglars know the favourite hiding places. Don't keep your valuables under the mattress, in the kitchen cupboards, and other well-known hiding places.

Other home security and protection considerations

You can contact your local police and request a security assessment, most are more than happy to come out and help.

Our removal customer reviews

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    Our removal and storage reviews are taken from our Customer Care Survey, which is sent to every customer after their move is completed.

    Removal Service 9.8 out of 10 based on 600 ratings (600 user reviews) as of 20 February 2018

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  • They were great

    [The surveyor was] very friendly and calmly guided me through the process. [The removal men] were great - Lucas and Martin were helpful and friendly

    House Removal
    Date published: 12/2/2018
    10 / 10 stars
  • Just a really big thank-you to everyone!

    I was so impressed I called to book as soon as I received the quote. Jacki was really helpful and friendly. She made sure the team knew about our nervous rescue dog prior to the move & arranged for the dining room to be emptied first so the dog could stay in there while everything else was loaded.

    Martin, Connor & Shay were outstanding - they worked so hard & straight from the get-go, they were like whirlwinds! Just a really big thank-you to everyone!

    House Removal
    Date published: 31/1/2018
    10 / 10 stars
  • All very nice

    Two small local companies cancelled the quotation appointment. Cheaper than Pickfords. A sentimental plant was snapped in half. Not worth anything to claim for, but 31 years old and a present from my father. They did apologise but I wish they had said if they weren’t confident transporting it I would have had it on my lap in the car rather than put it in the van. Dan, Andy, Dean, Martin all very nice

    House Removal
    Date published: 23/1/2018
    9.6 / 10 stars
  • Excellent work!

    [We chose Britannia Bradshaw because of our] previous good experience after recommendation by my estate agent. Ryan and Pete were very helpful. They phoned to say exactly when they were arriving (early). They moved everything very efficiently and set up the furniture in the new home exactly as requested and even helped to fix the blind which was stuck when we arrived. Excellent work!

    House Removal
    Date published: 1/2/2018
    10 / 10 stars
  • I cannot recommend this company highly enough

    They were the first and only firm to reply to my inquiries. The five guys who helped to move, Jacki, and Martin were very helpful.

    House Removal
    Date published: 15/1/2018
    10 / 10 stars
  • Professional, helpful, friendly and courteous

    I am completing this on behalf of my mother who we recommended you to as we used you in Sept 2017 to move us. Martin, Connor and Kieran moved us to Wales and were brilliant (it was a trans-shipment move). Martin (the consultant) was very helpful and pro-active. Martin (from Stoke) deserves special commendation for his professional, helpful, friendly and courteous attitude, he is a definite asset to your company. Martin and Simon worked very hard and were sensitive to my mother's needs (who is 83)

    House Removal
    Date published: 11/1/2018
    10 / 10 stars
  • I was totally bowled over by the service we received

    I didn’t think I would get excited about a removal company, but I was totally bowled over by the service we received. I would not hesitate in using or recommending you to anybody who is oooking to move. Thanks again. Bill and Ash were fantastic from start to finish and couldn’t do enough to make our move run smoothly. They really were a credit to your company.

    House Removal
    Date published: 5/1/2018
    9.8 / 10 stars
  • Unbelievably efficient & very courteous

    I would use Britannia Bradshaw again. The service was really professional and efficient. If a move can be stress-free, then this was it! The crew were absolutely fantastic, unbelievably efficient and very courteous with it.

    House Removal
    Date published: 14/12/2017
    10 / 10 stars
  • Very happy with all aspects of your service

    Good price, available when required. Pleasant gentleman for pricing visit. Paul, Andy and Dean were all very good. The were polite and friendly and showed care for our possessions and home. The worked quickly and tidily and did all that we needed them too. We were delighted that we had the same crew deliver as well as collect. They are a credit to your firm and we were more than happy with the service we received. Very happy with all aspects of your service.

    House Removal
    Date published: 30/11/2017
    10 / 10 stars
  • Not often you come across such excellent customer service these days

    The friendliest, happiest bunch of guys I’ve ever come across! Extremely pleased with the service, brilliant removals guys, nothing too much trouble, made the whole experience so much less stressful, they were a joy to be around! Lady in office (Emma?) very friendly & helpful too. Would not hesitate to use again and will recommend to friends. Not often you come across such excellent customer service these days.

    House Removal
    Date published: 16/11/2017
    10 / 10 stars
  • My highest recommendation

    At the time of booking Keeley was a gem - she was extremely helpful and made a stressful time much less so. Can't give her enough praise! We'd had a very stressful time leading up to exchange of contracts. We were apprehensive, therefore, on what the move would be like. We shouldn't have been. The office staff and crew made it stress-free. Our thanks for making the removal experience go so smoothly and keeping my blood pressure low!

    [We chose Britannia Bradshaw because of] BAR membership and good reputation. I'd certainly give them my highest recommendation. Dave, Julian and Chris were extremely efficient and courteous. They made the removal stress- free. Bravo, guys.

    House Removal
    Date published: 11/8/2017
    10 / 10 stars
  • Forget the rest and use the best

    What a fantastic team. You can't improve on perfection - Forget the rest and use the best. (Stewart, Mike and Josh)

    House Removal
    Date published: 7/8/2017
    10 / 10 stars
  • We will use your company on our next move

    A great service once again. We will use your company on our next move. Our thanks to Ernie for getting the planning so right and to Peter and Dave who made the moving day stress free for us. A terrific team of professionals!

    Peter and Dave were very professional and great to work with. They were a credit to the company. Our thanks to them for such a smooth and careful move. They made our move stress-free and we had full confidence in them.

    House Removal
    Date published: 22/9/2017
    10 / 10 stars
  • Competitive 'no surprises' price

    Professionalism, and competitive 'no surprises' price. [The removal men were] very helpful and friendly. A credit to the company

    House Removal
    Date published: 6/7/2017
    10 / 10 stars
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