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Burglary Prevention Advice

Gardens, Gates & Fences

  • Identify your private property with fences, gates, walls or planting.
  • A thorny hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off.
  • BUT make sure that passers-by can still see the front of your home so that a burglar can't work without being seen.
  • Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by locked gates, 2 metre minimum fencing or walls. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult.
  • Burglars don't like gravel; it's noisy to walk on.
  • Security lighting should make offenders feel vulnerable and observed. Illuminate high risk areas and allow occupiers to see people approaching.
  • Security lighting should not cause light pollution, annoy neighbours or blind occupiers from identifying callers.
  • Remove and secure items that may be used to break in or climb up.
  • Ladders and garden tools should be locked away.

Garages & Sheds

  • Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools to steal or use to break into the house.
  • Do not leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.
  • Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors
  • Make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.
  • Fit locks or bars to windows.
  • Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.
  • Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools and equipment.
  • Gardens tools and machinery should be permanently marked with your postcode.


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