Building Safety

Home Security


How to make your home more secure

Follow these steps to become less of a target for burglars:

  • Always secure windows and lock your doors when you go out. Mortise locks discourage burglars so it is a good idea to have them fitted to your front door
  • Have a chain fitted to your front door, particularly if you live alone (although not in sheltered housing)
  • Do not encourage the attention of thieves by having curtains drawn in the daytime, leaving notes for callers, or leaving your key under a mat or on a string inside the letter box
  • Do not leave the key in the lock or within sight of the door
  • When you go on holiday, cancel newspaper and milk deliveries. It is a good idea to give your holiday address to a trusted neighbour or the police
  • Never leave cash and valuables around
  • Lock up before you go to bed. Make sure that the windows are secure, especially those on the ground floor or those near drainpipes or flat roofs.