- When fitting or replacing doors and windows check they are certified to British Standard BS7950 (for windows) and PAS 23/24 (for doors). These standards are subject to change, please see www.securedbydesign.com for the latest updates and information.
- Ensure all doors and windows are locked, even if you are only leaving the house unoccupied for a short time Consider using British Standard BS3621 5-lever mortice locks on ground floor and accessible doors and windows. Have locks fitted by a specialist or a member of the Master Locksmiths Association.
For Further Information
A review of security and increased vigilance can prevent further offences and play a major part in an investigation should an incident occur. Further, free, advice on any of the information presented here may be also be available by contacting your local Neighbourhood Policing Team. To find contact details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team please go to www.leics.police.uk/policing or telephone 101.
- Don’t hide spare keys outside the home; store all keys out of sight Ensure valuables are not on view from outside.
- A visible intruder alarm can be a good deterrent for thieves.
- Install low level dusk to dawn lighting outside your property. This may make offenders feel more vulnerable and observed, and allow you to see anyone approaching your home.
- Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates and/or fencing.
- Remove, or secure, any climbing aids or tools that may be used to break-in to your home, e.g. ladders, wheelie bins, gardening tools etc.
- Ensure the exterior of your property is in good condition. This can give the impression your house is secure and well-kept.