Easy Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Burglary

With a house being burgled on Alcester Road this week it's clear that with the nights drawing in, thieves are out looking for unprotected homes to break into.

Figures from the Office of Nation Statistics (ONS) showed there were 669,000 incidents of domestic burglary in England and Wales in 2018 - with one in four burgled more than once.

The Master Locksmith Association recommend getting your house security assessed.

The MLA will do this for you for free, but many other locksmith companies will happily take a look at your home free of charge.

Having a locksmith give your property a once over will not only give you peace of mind, but will give ensure they will go on to fit the correct security devices for your home.

They also recommend having a proper lock installed.

For example, Yale and Chubb locks are known for being sturdy and secure, but you can also look for products that have PAS24, Secure by Design and ADQ approval, or look for the BSI Kitemark.

Another way to keep your house secured is going to a registered locksmith. Locksmiths are not regulated so anybody can claim to be a locksmith and fit a lock to your house.

To ensure you're using a registered company, the MLA have complied a list of locksmiths who they have approved.

Click here to access it.

The police recommend having a well lit front of house can deter burglars. They much prefer working in the dark where no one can identify or see them.

Having a bright sensory security light might put them off.

The link to the police page on burglary prevention can he found here.