Think Like a Thief


Put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. If you ‘think like a thief’ you will be able to identify signs of security weaknesses in your home.

  • Lock your doors and windows
  • Record the serial numbers of expensive electronic items and photograph these and other valuables
  • Keep valuables out of sight i.e. jewellery, cameras, electronic games
  • Keep garden sheds and garages locked when not in use and ensure ladders are stored away from sight
  • Consider investing in an alarm system, or getting sensor lights fitted
  • Keep the house secure when you are out in the garden or the yard
  • Check for weak spots where a thief could get into your garden, for example, a low or sagging fence, or a back gate with a weak lock
  • Keep hedges or plants around doors and windows well trimmed – don’t give burglars a place to hide
  • Use a chain on the door – don’t open the door to strangers, unless the chain is attached
  • Note down registrations of any suspicious vehicles – often burglars will scope out a place beforehand
  • Join or form a Neighbourhood Support Group. Your Community Constable will have details
  • Register serial numbers on the SNAP website

When going on holiday:

Make arrangements for your mail and newspaper to be stopped or collected by a neighbour or friend

Hide valuable items, financial documents and spare keys to vehicles etc

Set timer switches on lights and/or radio.

If a crime is being committed, or you see something suspicious and the offenders are still there or have just left, call 111 immediately.

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