Think outside the house -your first line of
- Fences: Smaller fences provide less cover for
burglars & adding trellis to the top of them make then
difficult to climb.
- Gates: Lock any gates to prevent access to the
side or rear of your property
- Plants: Prickly bushes & hedges are
difficult to navigate
- Lighting: Get an outdoor light with a sensor
that comes on when someone is around.
- Driveways: Gravel is really noisy - it's a
Make them believe you're home, appearances can be
- Light-up: Get plug-in-timers for your lamps,
and light up different rooms in your house! Vary the times each
light comes on.
- Make-noise: Use a plug-in timer for your radio
& tune in to a 'talk' station.
- Lock-up: Shut all windows, even small ones
& upstairs ones when you're out. If you're upstairs, close your
- Check-up: If you're on holiday, get a trusted
neighbour to stop by & shut your curtains at night.
Get sheducated. If it's on show, it's going to go..
- Don't shed any light: Cover any windows on
your shed to prevent burglars from seeing any valuables
- Mark it: You can paint your house number &
postcode across larger items, such as lawnmowers.
- Stay screwed-on: Smear glue over the heads of
screws or use anti-tamper screws.
- Lock it: Never underestimate the importance of
a good quality padlock, hasp & staple for your shed or
- Don't be a tool: If you leave them lying
around your garden, a burglar could use your tools to
Remember - if you love it, log it!
You can log your property and valuables on the national
Immobilise Website; a free service that is regularly checked by the
police when they recover stolen goods - www.immobilise.com