Protecting your property

Crime prevention advice

Vehicle protection advice

  • Think about where you park. Thieves prefer dimly-lit places with few passers-by.  Choose a brightly-lit street or properly managed car park.
  • If you have a garage, use it.
  • Always close windows and lock the doors.
  • Remove any valuables from your vehicle, always remove satellite navigations, their cradles and rub off sucker marks on the windscreen.
  • If your vehicle is fitted with a removable radio or front panel, always remove and take it with you.
  • Use a steering lock.
  • Etch windows with your registration number.
  • If possible, have an engine immobiliser and car alarm fitted with a visible warning light.
  • Remember, on frosty mornings, don't leave your car unattended with the engine running whilst it defrosts.

Home advice

  • Keep windows locked but if you need to open them, ensure you lock them when you leave the room.
  • Keep all external doors locked, even when you are in. 
  • Use light timer switches or simply leave a light on when you are out to give the impression someone is at home.
  • Always set your burglar alarm when you go to bed.
  • Never leave car or house keys near window sills, in porches or hallways.
  • Put keys and valuables away and out of sight, preferably in a locked drawer or cabinet.

Garden advice

  • Cut your hedges back and have low fences to make burglars feel exposed.
  • Plant prickly shrubs and bushes next to your walls or fences to deter most criminals from climbing over.
  • Invest in brighter outside lighting.
  • Add gravel paths to create noise when someone approaches your property.
  • Ensure out-houses and sheds are secure and locked at all times.
  • Make sure that there are no ‘hiding places’ in your garden for any would-be burglar.
  • Make sure your contents insurance covers the shed and garage and all the equipment you store there.