21/09/2016 07:53:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
Burglary is something we all hope won’t happen to us, so I am pleased to provide some advice from the police which may be helpful.
1. Install a visible intruder alarm system - burglars don't want to be seen or heard so setting off an alarm and attracting attention is their enemy.
2. High side and rear boundaries will prevent easy access to your property and keeping the front boundary low will remove potential hiding places for burglars.
3. Keep side gates locked and store wheelie bins behind them until bin collection day; this stops their use as climbing aids.
4. Install low level 'dusk till dawn' lighting to increase visibility, making burglars feel vulnerable by increasing the risk of them being seen.
5. Lock your sheds, garages and other outbuildings as garden tools and ladders can be used to break into your home.
6. Close and lock all doors and windows, even if you're only going out for a few minutes. If you have multi-locking door handles, make sure you always lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it - LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE. Remember to put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
7. Keep valuables out of sight and don't leave your car keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
8. Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio to give the impression that somebody is at home.
9. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number or name and register the items with serial numbers at: www.immobilise.com
10. Invest in a safe for important documents, valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid floor and/or wall.
I would also encourage all residents to have a look at obtaining a SmartWater kit, it isn’t cheap but itis very effective to help retrieve items and it is proven to deter burglars. It is a traceable forensic liquid used to mark property. The liquid in each kit is unique. It shows up under a UV light and allows the property to be traced back to its owner if stolen. - www.smartwater.com for more information.