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Security inside the home

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Protecting your property inside your home can be just as important as locking windows and doors. Keeping valuables out of sight and marking your property can help you keep a hold of your belongings and stop them from falling into the wrong hands.

Follow these simple steps inside your home:

  • Always keep your doors locked even when you are at home

  • Make sure all valuable items (including cash and keys) are not visible from outside

  • Keep valuables and keys out of reach of windows and doors

  • Mark your property so that it is identifiable as belonging to you. See the Property Marking section of the website for more information

  • Photograph valuable items - it could be the key to getting them back if stolen – register them on Immobilise

  • Record serial numbers of electrical equipment –register your property on Immobilise

  • Use automatic timer switches to turn your lights on when it goes dark:
    o  Set timers so that they go on and off at different times in different rooms
    o  Use timer switches to turn on a radio but tune it to a station which has mostly talking.

  • Avoid keeping large sums of money at home

  • Don’t keep cheque books and cheque cards together and don’t write down PIN numbers for credit or debit cards

  • Keep documents containing personal details such as banks statements and passports out of sight;  If no longer needed, carefully dispose of or shred these items

  • If you have an alarm make sure you set it when you go out

  • Insure your belongings:
    o Many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for people with good home security, but make sure you lock your home properly and switch on any alarm, otherwise you may not be covered.