Keeping your home safe and secure

You can improve the security of your home in many ways that don’t cost much money. This section suggests some of these.

Preventing burglaries

Close all windows and lock external doors when you go out, even for a short time. Most thefts happen during the day and take only a few minutes.
Fit locks to your ground-floor windows – they are quite cheap and work well. Make sure you always know where the keys are in case of emergency, such as a fire.
Close windows on the ground floor and near pipes or flat roofs at nigh
Never leave keys under a mat or on a string inside the letterbox.
Don’t leave notes for callers saying you are going away from home

Callers to your home

Our staff and contractors carry identity cards. Anyone from the gas or electricity suppliers, or the water board, should also carry one. Always ask them to prove their identity, even if they have an appointment with you. Never let anyone into your home unless you are completely satisfied they are who they say. If a caller leaves when you challenge them, call the Police straight away.

Crime Prevention Officers at your local police station are always happy to give you more advice about protecting your home. They can also help if you want to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area.

Preventing fire

Many fires in the home are caused by simple carelessness, so remember to follow this advice:

Your home should be fitted with a smoke alarm. You must check the battery from time to time to make sure it works, and replace it if not. Most smoke alarms have a test button so you can easily check they are working.

If a fire does start: