October 2014 Burglary Month

HOME SECURITY MONTH OCTOBER 2014

Clocks go back on 26 October 2014 and with darker nights you need to ensure your property is secured.

Most burglars are “opportunists” and break into homes that are easy targets. Good security and basic precautions reduces the chance of your home being burgled.

Below is a checklist of the most common entry points used by criminals. By reviewing the security in and around your home it will help you identify areas where additional burglary prevention may be required.

PERIMETER SECURITY
Are boundary fences/walls/hedges in good condition? Y/N Check for weak points or easy entry points.
Are the front boundaries no more than 1m and the rear 1.8m high? Low front boundaries give good visibility from surrounding houses, whilst high fences at the back provide good security. Review new products available to the market,
e.g. Passive Infrared sensor sends message to your mobile on perimeter breach.
Do you have locked side gates at all access points? Secure side entrances with strong lockable gates to minimize ease of entry.
Are trees and shrubs well trimmed? This helps to prevent burglars being able to hide and be unobserved.

EXTERNAL LIGHTING
Is there outside security lighting, including covering the front of the property? Y/N Good lighting is essential for deterring burglars. Use low level dusk to dawn lighting which comes on during darkness.
Is the side and rear external lighting motion activated? Motion activated lighting should be positioned out of arms reach so it cannot easily be tampered with. Review new products available to the market, e.g. Passive Infrared sensor lighting with tracker and camera.

DWELLING EXTERNAL DOORS
External doors Y/N When replacing doors look for PAS24: 2012 standard.
Ensure locks have Euro profile cylinders to TS007 standard.
Are the door frames in good condition and strong enough to resist forced entry? Frames should be securely fitted and doors should be certified to British Standard PAS 24 / LPS 1175SR2 / WCL1.
Is a security chain or door spy hole fitted? Always use a chain and check the identity of unknown visitors. Review new products available to the market, e.g. Digital door viewer with door bell.
Are patio doors fitted with robust locks? Ensure an “anti-lift” device with 5 locking points is fitted.
If you go to work in the garden, garage, etc. or have someone coming home do you leave the door unlocked? Lock the door even when you are about. Over 33% of burglars use insecurity as a means of entry.

DWELLING WINDOWS
Are windows and frames in good repair? Y/N When replacing windows look for PAS24: 2012 standard.
Are locks fitted to all accessible windows Locks can be fitted to all window types, ensure they are fitted correctly.
If windows open more than 9” are window restrictors fitted? This is particularly important for ground floor windows. Over 33% of burglars use insecurity as a means of entry.

DWELLING INTERNAL SECURITY
Do you have a burglar alarm installed? Y/N Any installed alarm should meet British Standard BS4737 (professional) or British Standard 6707 (DIY).
Do you have contents insurance? It should be sufficient for the total contents value, any specific high value items and areas, such as tools in shed.
Is your valuable property marked and registered? Keep an inventory of all valuable items and permanently mark them, e.g. with a UV pen.
Also register items on: www.immobilise.com.

SHED/GARAGE SECURITY
Security to shed Y/N Door hinges attached with coach bolts or non-return screws.
Anchorage points laid into concrete within shed.
Review new products available to the market, e.g. closed shank padlock with alarm or Passive Infrared sensor texting shed/ garage alarm.
Do you have contents insurance? It should be sufficient for the total contents value, any specific high value items and areas, such as tools in shed.
Is your valuable property marked and registered? Keep an inventory of all valuable items and permanently mark them, e.g. with a UV pen.
Also register items on: www.immobilise.com.

Information:
www.securedbydesign.com (The Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Prevention Initiative site).
Humberside Police Non Emergency Number: 101. Humberside Police Emergency Number: 999.

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