Summer Security

I know we’ve been here before, but it doesn’t do any harm to remind us all about the safety and security of our homes and property during the summer holidays.  Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, and even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • 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)
  • Install a visible burglar alarm as part of a number of security measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
  • Install good outside lighting – control with PIR’s to minimise energy use! Avoid unnecessary light spread to your neighbours property
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Use timers to switch on lights and a radio in your house to make the property appear occupied
  • Secure bicycles at home by chaining them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise ( )
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme ( )
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

Going away on holiday

  • Make your home look like someone is living in it.
  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsafe’ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage

Have a very enjoyable and safe summer.

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For further information about any of these topics or about Neighbourhood Watch, contact:

David Gresswell – Scheme Co-ordinator, Flackwell Heath

(Tel: 525019   e-mail:

 Police General & Non-emergency number: 101

Community Safety Team (Anti-social behaviour): 01494 421 087

Crimestoppers (Anonymous): 0800 555 111

Trading Standards (Consumer Direct): 0345 4 04 05 06

Cyberaware –

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The Information Commissioner’s Office: 0303 123 1113

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