Residential Burglary and Home Security Advice

There has been an increase in residential burglaries on the Wellingborough Rural area. Please report any incidents of suspicious circumstances to 101 or any crime in progress to 999. Outbuildings, farms and houses have been targeted and entered.

Home security
Improving the security of your home not only protects your material possessions
but those you love. It’s also not just a case of spending money – there’s a lot
you can easily do by taking simple steps to create a good safety routine.
Many burglaries are opportunistic, happening when offenders see an easy way to
commit crime. There’s no one product or way to prevent burglary, but combining
a range of security measures will put burglars off in the first place, or slow them
down significantly to the point where they see the risks outweigh the benefits.
The following tips will help you protect your home:
·
Look at your home as a burglar would – if you were locked out, how would
you get in? This will help you identify any weak spots where you need to
improve your home security
·
Ensure your external front and back doors are in good condition, and keep
them locked even when you’re at home
·
If you open a window, always close and lock it when you leave the room
or go out
·
If you’re replacing locks or whole doors make sure the products you
choose meet current security standards – search for tested and approved
products at www.securedbydesign.com and www.soldsecure.com
·
Keep all keys out of sight and reach of letterboxes, pet flaps and
downstairs doors and windows
·
Never keep a spare key hidden outside
·
Avoid leaving high-value items where they can be seen from outside your
home. If a would-be criminal can see it, they may be tempted to steal it
·
Make your home look occupied once darkness falls by using energy-saving
lights with timers
·
Dusk to dawn security lighting to cover overlooked areas outside the front
of your home will help deter offenders by removing the cover of darkness
·
If you have an alarm system, use it. If you don’t, consider getting one.
Having pets doesn’t mean you can’t fit an alarm. Find accredited installers
at www.nsi.org.uk and www.ssaib.org
·
Mark your property so it can be identified as yours and returned if stolen
and recovered. Options include traceable liquids such as SmartWater® or
a UV permanent pen. Find tested and approved security products at
www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com
·
Register your property for free at www.immobilise.com
·
Keep front boundaries such as hedges, walls and fences below 1m high so
your home, and anyone trying to break in, can be easily seen
·
Maintain your side and rear perimeters – these can usually be up to 1.8m
high without requiring planning permission, and trellis can be added on
top. The use of prickly plants provides an additional natural barrier. Check
gates are in good condition too and keep them locked
·
French and patio doors can offer an opportunity to criminals, so make
sure all garden tools are locked securely away to ensure would-be
burglars can’t use them to get into your home
·
If you have a conservatory, keep the external doors locked, and consider
adding a lock to internal doors leading into your home
·
If you live in a flat, be alert for anyone trying to follow you in through
communal controlled access doors, and report any faults with security to
the building management
·
Where possible, keep wheelie bins out of sight and away from your home,
ideally secured using a ground/wall anchor. They can often be used as
climbing aids or to transfer stolen goods to and from locations
·
Ensure you have adequate insurance cover for your home and
possessions. This won’t help prevent a burglary from occurring, but will
help you in dealing with the aftermath

Home security check list
Use our home security checklist to judge the current security levels of your
home. It’s a good idea to go through this checklist twice, once during the day
and again at night. For questions where the answer is ‘no’, follow our
suggestions to see if you can turn your answer into a ‘yes’.

Yes/No Are your house and grounds visible from the street and from
your neighbours’ homes?
If all accesses are visible to neighbours or from the street, burglars
are less likely to break in.

Yes/No Does your property have a fence or other deterrent to
discourage trespassing?
Fences, although not impassable, act as a deterrent to burglars.
Fences and hedges, however, can also conceal burglars. Therefore,
a fence that you can see through is best.

Yes/No Do all of your doors have outside lights?
Well-lit entrances discourage burglary. Motion sensor lights are
particularly effective. But your light bulbs should be protected to
prevent breakage or tampering.

Yes/No Are the lights turned on at night?

Yes/No Are the light bulbs protected? Are the lights mounted where
they cannot be reached from the ground?

Yes/No Are all of your doors and windows visible from all angles?
Shrubbery, although pleasing to the eye, can provide a hiding place
for a burglar. Pruning and exterior lighting to remove shadows may
solve the problem. Also, keep in mind that such things as cars and
sheds can block the view of entrances and windows.

Yes/No Are your exterior doors and frames sturdy?
Secure doors mean more than good locks! The door, frame and
hardware (hinges, locks and fasteners) form a mini-security system
that is only as good as its weakest point.

Yes/No Are windows in or near your doors protected from breakage?
Windows in or near doors should be made of treated (safety
laminated or tempered) glass, wired glass, break-resistant acrylic or
polycarbonate plastic. If they are not, you should replace them.

Yes/No Have you taken precautions to ensure that your sliding patio
doors cannot be lifted out of their tracks or pried open?

Yes/No Are all fasteners (screws and so on) for stationary parts
(tracks and frame) on the patio doors inaccessible from the
outside?
Sliding patio doors are common points of entry for burglars. Most
sliding patio doors have locks that hook into the frame. They can be
pried open, cut or unhooked. To compensate for this lack of
effectiveness, manufacturers have produced add-on security
devices, such as jimmy plates, safety bars and auxiliary locks,
which along with the lock, can provide a deterrent.

Yes/No Is your door hardware (locks, latches, handles, hinges,
strike plate) durable and securely installed?
Good-quality and properly installed door hardware is essential to
securing entrances.

Yes/No Does your front door have a viewer?
The viewer should be of good quality to minimize distortion,
allowing you to recognize visitors without opening the door. Also,
ensure that the entrance is well lit. Door chains are an alternative,
but most can be easily forced.

Yes/No Do you have good quality cellar windows with adequate
locks and solid frames?

Yes/No Do the cellar windows have treated or wired glass, breakresistant
acrylic or polycarbonate plastic?

Yes/No Are they protected with security bars or decorative security
grills?

Cellar windows are also common points of entry for burglars.
Because they are so close to the ground, they are easily accessible
and burglars can often break in undetected by hiding where
windows are shielded by shadows, cars or shrubbery.
To speak to our crime prevention team about improving your home
security email crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk

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