Many burglaries are done on the spur of the moment. They can be avoided by following a few steps:

·                Always lock your doors and windows if you are going out,

·                If you are going away, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your house. Make sure you cancel your milk and paper deliveries,

·                Do not leave valuables lying about where they can be seen,

·                Do not keep large sums of money in your home,

·                If you live in a block of flats with a controlled entry system, make sure that the entry doors are always locked. Do not let anyone you don’t know into the building. If you are burgled and the controlled entry has not been use then this may affect your insurance claim,

·                Relatively cheap items like your door chains and peepholes can increase your security,

·                All of our staff and our contractors carry identification as do staff that work for Councils, Water Boards, etc. If anyone calls at your home ask to see identification before you let them in. If they don’t have proper identification, or you are not sure about them, do not let them in. If you are at all suspicious, telephone the police,

·                A Neighbourhood Watch scheme can help to reduce the chance of break-ins as people keep an eye on each other’s houses and watch out for anything suspicious in the area. The crime prevention or community involvement branch at your local police station can give you advice on setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme,

·                Please make sure you always use the window safety catches properly. This can help prevent break-ins and make your home a safer place for children. If you discover that any of the catches are not working properly then let us know and we will get them repaired.