Tips to make your home more secure
Here are some simple ideas to make your house more secure and less inviting:
Who has keys to your new home? Please consider replacing all external door locks when you move into your new home.
Leave your outside lights on at night. If your neighbourhood is dimly lit, ask your local authorities to add streetlights or replace existing bulbs with ones of higher wattage
Install peepholes with magnifying lenses on your doors. This lets you see who’s at your door – without opening it
Never leave notes on your door (i.e. for delivery man or members of family). This includes even when you’re at home
Tune the stereo or TV to your favourite station when you leave the house. To a burglar it means that someone’s home.
Team up with your neighbours and form a neighbourhood watch program. Your local police can help you get started
Ask a neighbour to collect newspapers and mail when you’re away. If you’ll be gone for an extended period, hire someone to take care of your lawn or even to house sit. Most important, make sure your neighbours know when you will leave and when you will return.
Permanently mark your valuables to make it easier for the police to return them to you if they are stolen. National Insurance numbers and driver’s license numbers work best. Keep a record of marked objects
Park an additional car in your driveway or ask a neighbour to park there when away for an overnight trip. It gives the appearance that someone’s always home and prevents burglars from backing a van into the drive for easy loading
Trim tall landscaping (i.e. hedges) to the height of your windowsills. Hedges provide hiding places for would-be burglars.
If you leave a spare key outside, be creative. Burglars routinely check under flowerpots and welcome mats and on window ledges.
Make sure to cut your grass before going on holiday, if your away for a while ask a neighbour to cut it for you while you are away.
Thorny plants are a good deterrent and may be used either as hedges or at specific risk points. A climbing rose will not only cover an unsightly soil pipe, it will also reduce the risk of a thief climbing it.
Keep your sheds and outbuildings locked; burglars may use your tools to gain access to your house
Cancel your milk and paper deliveries if you are going on holiday and ask a neighbour to remove any post or newspapers left showing in your letterbox