Looking after your home and neighbourhood

Looking after your home

Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries within our homes are committed by opportunists. The criminal picks a house that looks unoccupied, has little or no obvious security and where they think they won’t be seen. Often these are spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when an easy target presents itself; such as an open window, valuables being left on display or lapses in security.

Ways to deter burglars:

  • Fit an alarm to the property
  • Fit locks to the doors and windows
  • Have British Standard windows and doors fitted
  • Make your house seem occupied
  • Do not let mail collect on the floor
  • Cancel any deliveries to your house
  • Do not leave your curtains closed during the day.

For further information view our securing your home page.

Looking after your neighbourhood

You can look after your neighbourhood by joining Neighbourhood Watch. Neighbourhood Watch not only improves the security of your home and personal belongings, it can provide real peace of mind. You and your neighbours can significantly enhance the quality of life within your immediate neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood Watch can create a valued sense of community by:

  • Getting to know your neighbours, especially the elderly
  • Helping to reduce local crime such as burglary, vandalism and car theft by keeping an eye out for each other
  • Providing a positive approach to combating doorstep callers and rogue traders
  • Making your property less attractive to burglars by increased security measures and appropriate property marking.

For further details contact 101 and ask to speak to your local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or visit www.ourwatch.org.uk.