Protect your home

We work hard to prevent burglary and bring offenders to justice, however there are actions that householders can take to reduce the risk of being burgled.

Often many homes are left unsecured with doors and windows left open or unlocked, which provide easy access for a thief.

Follow our tips below:

  • Make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when you’re not in the room. Nearly half of all burglaries are down to someone leaving a door or window open
  • Make sure nothing of value is left on show to tempt thieves into breaking into your property.
  • Take your keys up to bed with you at night. This prevents thieves stealing your car.
  • Think about fitting a burglar alarm and security lighting – both to your home and outbuildings. It may be expensive, but they are very effective deterrents and can bring down your insurance costs.

Sheds, garages and gardens

Often the security of gardens and outbuilding buildings in them are forgotten about, while people focus on ensuring homes are safe. However by making a few modifications sheds and garages, along with the equipment stored in them can be made more secure.

  • Homeowners should make sure that sheds and garages have good quality lock and hinges.
  • They should consider fitting deterrents in the garden like movement sensitive floodlights as these will leave thieves feeling exposed. Likewise alarms on sheds and garages will deter thieves as they would not want to be spotted in out buildings taking property.
  • Garden tools, DIY equipment and leisure items such as fishing and golf equipment should be locked away in storage cupboards within outbuildings to form a second line of defence to thieves. 
  • Motorbike and pedal cycles should also be locked even when they are in a shed or garage.
  • To assist the police in recovering and returning stolen property, people should register valuables onto www.Immobilise.com. Cycles, golf and fishing equipment and tools can be easily added onto the property register and then this assists the force in identifying property as stolen/lost, bring offenders to justice and stop the items being sold via second hand stores. The system can also allow owners to upload pictures of unique items.
  • As well as protecting property in sheds and garages people can also stop thieves stealing plants by using heavy plant pots which will be less desirable to walk off with and ensure that unused garden furniture and tools are stored securely out of sight.

If you want to make sure you get an approved locksmith to fit your locks please use the Master Locksmiths Association.  Why use the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)? Are you Looking for a locksmith near you? Make sure you use one who has met the 3 key criteria of being:- vetted; inspected and qualified [MLA]