There are plenty of ways that you can protect your home from being targeted for crime.


Here are some you should consider :

  • Always lock the door and close the windows when you go out, even if you'll only be out for a short time.
  • All external doors should have three locking points. Mortice locks will add considerable strength to your door - you can buy them at your local DIY store.
  • Use deadlocks if you have them - they make it harder for thieves to get out again - window locks can help to stop people getting in, especially in older windows and windows without double glazing.
  • If you are thinking of PVC or metal framed windows / doors, make sure they come with good built in locks and a fitted chain, as these can be expensive to add afterwards. 
  • Don't leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed. Keep garden sheds and garages locked and think about using a battery operated alarm. Patio doors should have special locks fitted to the bottom - ask your DIY store for advice.
  • Keep car and garage keys out of sight in the house.
  • Don't leave window and door keys in their locks.
  • Always draw your curtains at night and make sure valuable items cannot be easily seen from outside.