Is your home really safe?

Homes which have some simple burglary prevention measures in place are five times less likely to be targeted by crooks, so we’ve developed these home security tips to help keep your home as safe as can be.

How to prevent burglary - the basics

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  • Most criminals break in through the door, so make sure yours are strong and secure. Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable, so consider replacing them with toughened security glass.
  • Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows.
  • Install a burglar alarm and outside lighting.
  • Make sure fences and hedges around your garden are in good condition - any gaps could encourage opportunist burglars.
  • Secure bikes to a fixed object inside a locked shed or garage.

Going away? Here’s how to secure your home

  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house.
  • Leave lights on a timer to give the impression someone is at home.
  • Don’t post details on social media where criminals could spot them.
  • Cancel newspaper or milk deliveries. If you’re away for longer periods, the Royal Mail can also hold your post until you return, for a small fee.

Remember to check your policy for how long your property can remain unoccupied, as this may affect your ability to make a claim.

7 good habits to help beat the burglars

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  1. Lock up every time you leave the house, even if you won’t be out for long.
  2. Don’t leave any valuables, including keys, on view.
  3. Before you open your door, be sure you know who it is. If a caller claims to be from an organisation, check their identity by phoning the company. Look the number up yourself - any details the caller provides may be false.
  4. Store high-value items in a safe.
  5. Mark valuable belongings such as electronic equipment with your postcode and house number to make them harder to sell on.
  6. Keep ladders and tools stored away, as they could be used to break into your home.
  7. Join your local Neighbourhood Watch - research shows that an active scheme reduces the level of local crime in 79% of cases.

Check out our handy 'How To' videos on securing your home from inside and out:

Did You Know?

It’s estimated that during 2014, there was an attempted burglary in England and Wales every 45 seconds.

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