Burglars know the price of everything and the value of nothing – that is the message being highlighted by West Yorkshire Police as part of their latest burglary campaign.
The campaign aims to make people think about the true cost of burglary, as this can be both emotional and financial.
Being burgled can be devastating for victims, not only is it upsetting and inconvenient to lose the items that you have worked hard to pay for, but it can also lead to sleepless nights, feelings of anger and the loss of treasured memories and personal items.
Following our crime prevention tips below can help to secure your home and deter burglars:
Top tips to keep your home secure:
Keep your doors and windows locked even when you’re in – burglars will try doors to find one that is unlocked.
You should keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.
Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
Always remember to switch on your burglar alarm if you have one.
Keep valuables out of view – burglars will look through windows to see if there is anything worth stealing.
If you have a garage, use it to store your car – burglars will look at your car to judge whether to break in the house for the keys or whether your house might contain items they would want to steal.
Cancel the milk and newspapers when you go on holiday and find a trusted neighbour, friend or relative to move your post and open and close blinds and curtains.
Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.
Being a victim of sneak-in burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.
Keep doors and windows locked when in the garden having BBQs, gardening, hanging out the washing, etc.
Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.
Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise what is in your house.
Register your property on www.immobilise.com so that if it is stolen and recovered by the Police it can then be returned to you.
Download free tracking software onto mobile phones and laptops.
For more information about home security call 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer or follow us on Twitter using #wypburglary.
Cylinder locks are present on the majority of UPVC doors and we are aware that some offenders have developed a way of overcoming them to then gain access into a home. This type of burglary accounts for approximately 20-25% of all burglaries in West Yorkshire, but around 40% of these offences are failed attempts. Read more on cylinder locks here.