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Don't invite burglars home

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Don't leave windows open

With the arrival of summer, police in Hertfordshire are asking householders not to make life easy for burglars.

Apparently, people are still leaving doors and windows open, not only when they have gone to bed, but also when they are not in the house.

Police say burglars are on the look out for insecure buildings and can be in and out in a flash.

Hertfordshire Constabulary has issued a list of simple steps which they say everyone should take in order to improve the security of their properties.

  • Lock all doors and keep windows closed, preferably locked, when you are out or in bed
  • Consider installing alarms and security lighting
  • Don't leave ladders and tools outside (burglars could use them to help break in)
  • Secure your rear garden shut and lock any gates and keep fences maintained to prevent burglars using your garden to gain access to your home where they are less likely to be spotted
  • In hot weather you may want to keep some bedroom windows open so first check they are in position that they can't be used by a burglar to gain access, for example try to close windows located above a flat roof.
And there are some tips for increasing garden security, too.

  • Secure your shed properly by using a strong padlock as the bare minimum
  • Make sure that you have a strong garden gate and always lock it
  • Roses, a thorny hedge and spiky plants can act as green-leafed deterrents to stop would-be intruders climbing walls or fences
  • Keep hedges, trees and shrubs in your front garden below windowsill height to stop the burglar having a screen to work behind
  • Use additional locks (and alarms where possible) for garages, shed doors and outside storage areas, especially if you use them to store valuable equipment such as golf clubs or fishing gear.

You can discuss this issue in this site's forum.

20 May 2008

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