10 tips to help protect your home from burglary:
Keeping your property safe
- Lock doors and windows – even if you are only popping out for a minute or sitting in the garden
- Keep valuables out of sight
- Hide your house and car keys and don’t leave them near the door
- Install timers to turn lights on and off when you are out or away, or ask a neighbour to do this
- Draw the curtains, leave a light on upstairs and a radio playing if you are going out after dark
- Register your property at Immobilise.com and mark it with an ultra violet pen giving your postcode and flat or house number, you could even take a photo of valuables such as jewellery
- Don’t leave ladders or tools that could help a burglar get in to your property
- Check your locks conform to the British standard – if you are unsure there are various organisations offering advice, such as Care and Repair, or a registered member of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)
- Don’t forget to lock side doors and outbuildings
- Install a burglar alarm or at least a dummy box
Immobilise is a free service where you can register your property such as mobile phones, bicycles and electrical equipment. It is an effective tool in helping to reduce crime and get property back to its rightful owners.
This online checking service is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property. In addition Immobilise is checked daily by a huge range of recovery agencies and lost property offices.
As a direct result of Immobilise there are over 250 cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods.
For further information and to register your property please visit www.immobilise.com
Alleygating is a method of ‘gating up’ alleyways and carriageways to stop burglars from using them to gain access to properties.
If you want an alleyway to be gated you have to apply for a gating order and show that the location is suffering from persistent levels of crime and anti social behaviour. Full consultation with anyone affected is undertaken, including local residents, emergency services, and utility providers. A gating order lasts for 12 months and is then reviewed.
If you feel that you would benefit from alley gates please contact your local councillor.
For more information contact Safer Leeds on 0113 395 0818.