One of the most common fears people have is that someone will break into their home. The best way to deter an intruder is to take simple steps to secure your home and make it as hard as possible for the intruder to break-in.
Open or unlocked doors and windows are used to gain quick and easy access to homes, make sure that these are kept locked at all times.
Good home security, such as window and door locks, an approved home alarm system and external security lights are a few ways to deter an intruder in your home or a break-in.
Dealing with an Intruder
There is no correct course of action to deal with an intruder in your home but you are advised to keep calm and do not take any unnecessary risks, if you can reach a phone dial 999 immediately.
Making a loud noise or sounding a personal attack alarm may be enough to scare an intruder away.
If you think someone is outside do not go and investigate. Keep yourself safe, keep the doors locked and call the police immediately on 999.
Preventing Intruders and break-ins
- Check all doors and windows for any weaknesses and replace if necessary
- Keep windows and doors locked at all times
- Fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach.
- Fit barrel locks to the top and bottom of doors
- Make sure you keep the appropriate keys nearby in case of an emergency
- Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows.
- Ensure your burglar alarm is installed properly and works. If you don’t have a burglar alarm consider installing one and always purchase from a reputable retailer.
- When you are away from home, use timer switches to turn on some lights when it goes dark.
- Make sure you have up-to-date contents insurance
- Before you go out, go into each room in the house and make sure all the windows are tightly shut and locked. A burglar may be less likely to enter your home if a window needs to be smashed. Check all doors leading into your home are secure and locked.
- If you have a garage, put your car inside if you are not using it
- Recent improvements in car security mean that the easiest way for a thief to steal a car is to break into your house and steal the keys for it, therefore keep your car keys in a safe place away from the view of the window
- Ensure your main garage door is shut and locked.
- Close your curtains or blinds at night so no-one can see into your home
- Never advertise valuables that you have in your home or when your home will be vacant on social media
Protect Your Keys
- Always keep your house and car keys in a safe place away from the view of windows
- Never give keys to workmen or tradesmen as they may have a copy cut
- Change your locks if you think other people might have copies of your keys