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Secure your home

Burglary is a crime of opportunity so don't give burglars the chance.

The good news is that a few simple steps will secure your home and put off most thieves. 

  • Always make sure all your doors and windows are locked when you leave your home, even if you're just popping out for a minute. Most burglaries happen through open or unlocked doors and windows
  • Don't hide spare keys under your door mat, in the garage or in the shed (burglars know to look there). Don't hang your keys up behind your front door; determined burglars will try to hook them out through your letter box.
  • Leave a light and a radio on a timer when the nights start to draw in - this gives the impression that someone is home
  • Make sure thieves can't get into your garden by securing your gates, fences and locking your sheds
  • Look through your windows, if you can see valuable items a burglar can too. Move cash, phones, computers and gaming devices out of view to somewhere secure
  • Consider installing a visible burglar alarm

For more detailed advice, please see the Home Office Guide to Home Security [107kb].

Neighbourhood Watch scheme

In addition to making your own home more secure, you could join or set up a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. For further information visit Hillingdon's Neighbourhood Watch.

Alley gating scheme

The council also supports residents who want to secure their privately owned alleyways. For more details please visit alley gating scheme 

Free burglar alarm scheme for 65 and over

Remember, if you are aged over 65 and live in the borough you qualify for a free burglar alarm. These simple alarms are professionally fitted by a reputable firm and they'll also carry out a free 18 month service of the alarm for you too.

 Further information about free burglar alarms.

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Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 12 Jun 2017 at 12:08