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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.

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