Sutton police in combination with the London Borough of sutton has issued a checklist for all residents to help beat the burglars.
In a letter to residents which accompanied the tips it said that this guide was on top of “a number of proactive police and partner operations and are working with trading standards and others to reduce burglary against those most vulnerable.
“We wanted to provide you with basic crime prevention advice as part of this campaign which can significantly reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of this offence. Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures,” said the letter.
1. Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key) Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.
2. Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)3. Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
4. Install good outside lighting
5. Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
6. Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
7. Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
8. Secure bikes locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
9. Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
10. Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
11. Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
12. Mark property with postcode & house number & register your property online
13. Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
14. Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
15. Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe