Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves. In around 20% of all burglaries, they don''t even have to use force. They enter through an open door or window.
Safe and secure
Reduce the risk of your home being burgled by taking these simple (and often inexpensive) precautions:
- Fit strong locks to external doors and windows, and make sure they are locked.
- Remove the keys and keep them out of sight and in a safe place.
- Fit five-lever mortise deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all external doors.
- If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) and PAS 24-1 (doors).
- Make sure the doors and frames are strong and in good condition. The doors should be at least 44mm thick.
- Consider using laminated glass (for windows) as this is much harder to break.
- Consider fitting a letterbox cage or other restrictor to prevent thieves from reaching through to open the door.
- Fit a door chain or bar and door viewer (spy-hole). Use them every time someone calls. Don''t leave door chain or bar on all the time in case you need to get out in an emergency.
- Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot or behind a loose brick - thieves know to look there first.
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