Sensible Advice For Preventing Intruders

According to the Home Office, there was a 14% rise in domestic burglaries in 2010-2011. Last year, there were 653,000 incidents of burglary in England and Wales. Intelligent Security & Fire can provide a free, no-obligation site survey in order to recommend a security system that is suited to your needs. Do not work with cold callers or telesales enquiries, and avoid doing doorstep business.

Fitting an Intruder Alarm

The Association of Chief Police Officers advises that Intruder Alarms must be used to enhance your existing physical security measures in your home. They should be used as a deterrent and a means of summoning help if physical security is breached. You should still take basic precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime:
Around the Front and Back of Your Home

  • Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates, 2 metre minimum fencing or walls. Trellis topping also makes climbing difficult, as does angling the top of the fence.
  • Security lighting can be used to provide a deterrent, especially when coupled with visible CCTV.
  • Make sure it's easy for you and others to see people approaching your property by clearing foliage and other obstructions.
  • Fit padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors.
  • Securely lock all doors and windows before leaving the house. It's easy to forget, but it's the simplest way for a burglar to enter your home.
  • Never leave keys anywhere near the front door, including your letterbox or under the doormat or flowerpot; burglars know where to look.
  • Remove and secure items that may be used to break in or climb up such as ladders and garden tools.
Doors and Windows

  • If you are replacing a door, ensure the new one is certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 'Doors of Enhanced Security'.
  • Install windows which are certified to British Standard BS7950 "Windows of Enhanced Security".
  • Glass panels on or around doors and in ground floor or accessible windows are vulnerable; it is worth replacing them with laminated glass as it holds together when shattered.
  • When installing patio doors, ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks.
  • Existing patio doors can be fitted with additional security bolts to stop lifting or forced entry.
  • Mortise locks and rim locks should be tested to BS: 3621.
  • Multi-point locking involves several hooks or bolts holding the door into the frame. If you are replacing your lock cylinder make sure it is to standard TS007 or Sold Secure SS312 Diamond Standard.
  • Doors can be fitted with secondary security called Sash Jammers, which prevent the door being opened even when unlocked.
Inside the Home
Visibly and permanently marking valuable items can help you or the police identify them if they are lost or stolen. It can also serve as a deterrent to potential intruders. You might also consider using a solution such as SmartWater, which can serve as a deterrent also.
Doorstep Callers

  • Beware of bogus callers; use your spy hole and a door chain or a video intercom system until you have seen their bona fides and are satisfied you want to let them in.
  • Never discuss your security requirements or existing arrangements with a doorstep caller or salesperson.
Shared Entrances

  • If you are living in a shared building or flats be careful of granting entry to people by entry phone systems if they you do not know them.
  • Be cautious of people seeking to follow you into the building without using their own key.
Going Away
A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it's worth making sure your home looks occupied. You can do this by:

  • Not closing your curtains during the daytime;
  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio or TV;
  • Cancelling any newspaper or milk deliveries;
  • Asking a trusted neighbour to clear your post away, or use Royal Mail's "keepsafe" service; they will keep your mail for up to two months;
  • Asking a neighbour to park their car on your driveway;
  • Working with your neighbours to keep an eye on each other's security through schemes like the Neighbourhood Watch;
  • Locking all doors and windows and setting your intruder alarm if you have one.
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