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.
- 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.
- 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.