Make sure doors and windows are locked, particularly when leaving the house. It's easy to leave your front door or windows unlocked, especially when you're in a hurry or distracted. But even if you only do it once, that could be enough to get burgled. Most burglars are opportunistic - they look for an easy way to get in that won't take long or arouse suspicion, so many try the front door first.
• Look like you are in when you are out. Timer switches can be fitted to operate radios and lights when you are out.
• Make sure you close curtains or blinds to prevent potential thieves seeing into your home.
• Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice.
• Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot.
• Marked property can deter burglars because it is harder for a thief to sell on and may also help police secure a conviction.
• Consider joining or starting a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
• Register your property at www.immobilise.com
Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.
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