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Break ins


Burglars are often opportunists who will target an open window, an unlocked door or valuables on display if they think they can get away with it. 

Did you know?

Most burglaries happen on weekdays, in daylight, when you're more likely to be out. As well as locking up each time you leave you can also:

  • keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view
  • use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied
  • keep gates locked and boundaries secure
  • lock away bikes, tools and garden items which could be stolen or used to break into your home.
You could also:
  • security-mark items including bikes, mobiles and laptops 
  • keep receipts, IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe (also see: mobile phone theft)
  • photograph and insure expensive or unique items
  • install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank
  • register important items for free on the national Immobilise database – this can help us return them to you if they are stolen and then recovered.

Sheds, allotments and garages

Places where you store tools, machinery and other valuable equipment offer easy pickings to thieves.

You can reduce the risk of having your property stolen by:

  • always putting tools and equipment away in a locked place
  • disabling lawn mowers and other machinery when not in use and chaining items together to a solid anchor point
  • using closed shackle padlocks and installing alarms and security lights.
If your property is stolen, you have more chance of getting it back if it is recovered by us if you write down some details (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) and have pictures of the items. 

You can also: 
  • register your valuables on Immobilise - the national secure property database  
  • security-mark items with a UV pen or a forensic marking solution 
  • keep hedges and fences maintained and gates locked  
  • secure hanging baskets to their brackets   
If you've been a victim of a burglary, you may need additonal help and support. See our Victims and Witnesses page for details. 
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