Darker Nights mean it is easier for thieves to target your property so follow our advice to keep your home safe after dark.
Most housebreakings are carried out by opportunist thieves Ė so take away the opportunity and keep your home and possessions safe.
Lock the Door
Obvious isnít it? But some people donít do it. Lock the door even if youíre only out for a
short time. If you have window locks, lock those too. Get into the habit of locking the
door when you are at home. This stops people coming in if you are in another part of the house or garden.
Keep Your Keys out of Sight
Donít leave your keys on the inside of locks or just inside the door. If you have a spare
key, donít leave it under a mat, plant-pot or other easy to spot place at home.
Never keep house keys and car keys on the same ring. Make it as hard as possible
to break into your home or to steal your car.
Make Your House Look Occupied
Away from home? Use timers on lights and radios so that it seems like thereís someone at home.
If you are going away on holiday, avoid announcing this publicly on social media.
Show People That Your Property Is Secure
Thieves are put off by visible security alarms and carefully directed security lighting.
Just make sure they donít disturb your neighbours by going off unnecessarily.
Valuables and Cash
Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house.
Original Message Sent By Michael Urquhart (Police, Constable, North East Division)