Crime Reduction Weekly Tips:

It is important to review your property and look at ways to protect yourself from being a victim of crime.

Crime Reduction Weekly Tips:

It is important to review your property and look at ways to protect yourself from being a victim of crime.

Protecting your properties perimeter and outbuildings, not only keeps bikes and other valuables in your shed safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home. This is your first line of defence in beating the burglar.

1. Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under one metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.

2. Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.

3. High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants to make it harder for burglars to climb over.

4. Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.

5. Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders cannot approach your property in darkness, which would give them an advantage.

6. Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.

7. Always keep your shed locked and secured. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles and rich pickings.

8. Never leave tools lying around; a prime example of this would be leaving a set of ladders out enabling a perpetrator to use them to their advantage

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