The opportunist thief will look for safe, easy targets. By applying a few basic security principles you can make your property unappealing to the thief.
Ensure that locks conforming to BS3621 or multi-point locks are attached and used on all external doors. Install an outside light near your front door to help you see a caller in the dark. If it is not possible to see through the door then install a spy hole to allow you to see who is calling before you open the door. A security door chain can also be installed to allow you to open the door without the caller being able to push the door fully open.
Ensure that all easily accessible windows are fitted with key operable locks which are locked and the key removed when not in use.
Don’t be tempted to leave a spare key under the doormat or anywhere similar incase you lose your keys. No matter how well you think you have hidden it, a thief will easily find it and your insurance will probably not cover you for any loss. Don’t leave keys anywhere near doors with letterboxes, a thief can ‘fish’ them with a long pole and open the door or steal a car.
Burglars hate alarms, they are noisy and they don’t like the attention that they get. Get one professionaly fitted and your insurance premiums will probably reduce also.
Outside of the Property
Thieves don’t want to be seen, install outdoor lights with a movement sensor that comes on when someone approaches it. Don’t leave ladders or anything else which allow an intruder to gain entry to your property outside. If they need to be outside then lock them up so they can’t be used. Although rockeries, flower pots, garden ornaments etc make your garden look nice, they are also ideal window entry tools and should be secured firmly to the ground.
If you keep valuables in an outbuilding then secure it as per your house.