‘[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING – Chesterfield – C100/09 CRIME PREVENTION 19/02/09]
Burglary is a crime of opportunity – don’t give burglars a chance. Follow our advice to make your home safer. If you want to be certain your house is as safe as you can make it, here are 10 tips you should follow. Fit strong locks to external doors and windows, and make sure they are locked at all times.
Always remove all keys from inside locks, and keep them out of sight and in a safe place.
Fit sturdy deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all doors.
Make sure your doors and frames are strong and in good condition – wood doors should be at least 44mm thick.
Mark your property – having it marked helps police verify it’s been stolen.
Fit a door chain or bar and door viewer (spy-hole), and use them.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot or behind a loose brick – thieves know to look there first. When you are out in the evening, leave your lights on and shut the curtains.
Install outside security lighting; if other people can see your property a burglar may think twice.
Keep your tools and ladders securely locked up – a burglar could use them to get into your house.
If you have any information relating to incidents please contact 0845 164 1644.
Derbyshire Constabulary can be contacted on 0345 123 33 33, or in an emergency 999. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.’