Security advice:


  1. Always change your locks when you move into a new home as there is no way to know how many keys may be in circulation to fit your old locks


  2. All external doors should be fitted with, at the very minimum, a lock which meets British Standard BS3621 for mortice locks or BS EN1303 for uPVC cylinders. Any lock which meets either of these standards, will usually be clearly marked with a British Standards Institute “kitemark” symbol. Ideally, all external uPVC doors should be fitted with a lock and handle combination which meets the recently introduced TS 007★★★ standard - please contact us for more information.


  3. Use your locks – most burglaries take place when the householder has left a door or window open or unlocked; so facilitating entry to an opportunist burglar!


  4. Draw your curtains after dark – shops spend a fortune creating perfect window displays, to show people what they have in their store. By leaving your curtains drawn back, you are inviting criminals to view your possessions and see if you have anything worth stealing


  5. Mark your possessions with your name, postcode or some other distinguishable mark. If they are stolen, it will help the police return your items to you and help them to prosecute those who stole them or traded them after they were stolen. If everyone were to mark their possessions, there would be no value in stolen goods, so crime rates would plummet


  6. Photograph your possessions – a picture/pictures can paint a thousand words and a photo of any item such as a piece of jewellery, an antique, a work of art, a bicycle, a surfboard or canoe, a boat, a trailer or caravan, a musical instrument, etc (almost anything!) could often describe the item, should it be stolen , much better than a verbal or written description – make sure to show any distinguishing marks or features


  7. Keep a record of your mobile phone’s IMEI number (International Mobile Electronic Identification) – to get this 15 digit number, key “★#06#” into your phone. If your phone gets stolen, contact your network provider and give them your phone number and IMEI number and they can shut your phone down – permanently, making it worthless to the thief. If everyone did this, there would be no market in stolen mobiles, so no one would steal them


  8. Many people have laptop computers – most of which look very similar to each other. Laptops are a popular item with thieves as they are fairly valuable, readily portable and easily sellable. Make your laptop (and laptop bag) visually unique, by adding highly visible stickers (making sure not to cover any ports or vent holes). If your laptop is too obviously identifiable, many thieves would be reluctant to steal it


  9. Do not leave items of value visible in you car. It will cost a thief nothing to break a window or force the door lock, so a pair of £20 sunglasses, a pile of CD’s and couple of pounds in loose change may be a big enough score for him / her to consider it worthwhile


  10. Secure your outbuildings – sheds and garages are often easy targets for thieves. Most garden sheds and garages contain tools which may either be sellable or may be used to attempt to break into the main building. Also, garages often contain bicycles, sporting equipment, kids garden toys or other items that can easily be sold on and which may have previously been visible to passers by when the garage door was open