During the winter months, burglary increases by 12.8%. Most burglars are opportunists and will look for ways to enter your home where they find an insecure point.
These are just a few actions you can take to make your home more secure.
- Close and lock all windows and doors every time you leave your house or go to bed
- Make sure your door is locked properly ie lift the handle, turn the key and then remove the key
- Do not leave your keys by the front door or in view of windows but ensure they are easy to access should you need to get out in an emergency
- If you have a burglar alarm, use it at all times, even when you’re just popping out or zone off areas before going to bed
- Secure your boundaries and ensure access to your garden is not easily obtained
- Secure your sheds and garages as they contain valuable items and tools that can be used to break into your home
- Leave lights on, or on timers to give the impression your house is occupied
- Don’t leave valuable items on display
- Mark your property and register your items free on www.immobilise.com
- Do not ‘check in’ on social media, as this identifies your house is empty
Secure and protect your home
Sam Kane, Safer, Greener and Transport portfolio holder said: “This is an extremely timely initiative from Essex Police, with the nights drawing in, our Community Safety Team would encourage every resident to secure and protect their homes by means of a few simple tips to help prevent household burglary.”
Let your friends and families know
“All the tips can be found on www.essex.police.uk/secure and we would like as many people as possible to take a few minutes to check out the advice. Small steps really can make a big difference to your home security” advised Councillor Kane.
“We are working with Essex Police to spread the word, so please do visit the website and let your friends and families know about these important home security checks.”
Keep your home safe
Councillor Kane ended with: “These are excellent tips for residents to employ, but if you’re concerned about security and want advice on how to keep your home safe, contact Ross Brazier, our Epping Forest and Harlow Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor. Call 101 or email email@example.com.”
“If you see someone acting suspiciously call the police on 101 or if you see a crime in progress call 999.”