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Windows:

  • Remember to keep windows locked.
  • Remove the keys and keep them out of sight in a safe place.

Doors:

  • If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Keep them locked even when you’re at home
  • Make sure doors, locks and frames are strong and in good condition.
  • Consider fitting five-leaver mortise deadlocks to all external doors.

Keys:

  • Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot etc.
  • Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window.

Outdoor Lighting:

  • Good outdoor lighting can put off or draw attention to a housebreaker.
  • Use high-efficiency low-energy lighting controlled by a dusk-to-daw switch so that it comes on only when it’s dark.
  • Lights can also incorporate a movement sensor, which brightens the light if activated.

Gardens, gates and fences:

  • Fit a strong, lockable, high gate across the passageway to stop a thief getting to the back of your home where they can work without being disturbed.
  • Housebreakers don’t like gravel, it’s noisy to walk on.
  • A hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off, make sure that passers-by can still see the front of your home so that a thief can’t work without being seen.

Garages:

  • Never leave it unlocked.
  • Additional bolts can be used to secure a garage door.
  • Consider using a garage defender.

Sheds:

  • Use a good quality padlock and fit coach bolts to hinge and hasp plates.
  • Secure your shed window internally with a metal grill.
  • Padlock and chain valuable items in your shed.
  • Consider anchoring pushbikes to something secure (ie floor or wall)

Alarms / CCTV:

  • Many homes are alarmed or covered by CCTV and may act as a deterrent, but your homes physical security is still paramount.
  • Consider whether you need an audible-only alarm or a monitored alarm.
  • Consider the quality of images needed for CCTV and night-time recording abilities.

Property Marking:

  • It is good practice to mark property, and ideally keep photographic detailed records of valuables. (ie pushbikes)

If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police on 999 or 101.

Contact our local Community Policing Team ,Sergeant Kieran Dougal, Constable David Crow and Constable Eric Jones, on:

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And catch dates of local home security events on Twitter at @EdinPolSW

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