Burglars and thieves are often opportunists who will target an open window, an unlocked door or valuables on display if they think they can get away with it.
As well as locking up each time you leave you can also:
- keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view
- use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied
- keep gates locked and boundaries secure
- lock away bikes, tools and garden items which could be stolen or used to break into your home.
You could also:
- security-mark items including bikes, mobiles and laptops
- keep receipts, IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe
- photograph and insure expensive or unique items
- install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank
- register important items for free on the national Immobilise database – this can help us return them to you if they are stolen and then recovered.
When you leave your vehicle:
- Always remove the ignition key and make sure the steering lock is on.
- Close all the windows completely but never leave children or pets in an unventilated car.
- Lock your car, even if you only leave it for a few minutes and check to make sure it’s locked.
- Remove all contents including shopping bags etc. or lock them in the boot.
- Remove mountings for external satellite navigation systems.
- Never leave vehicle documents in the car e.g. your driving license or vehicle registration certificate.
- Install an anti-theft device such as an alarm or immobiliser.
- Etch your registration number on all your car windows.
- At night park in well-lit areas.