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1 - Don't leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
2 - Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it - LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
3 - Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
4 - Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
5 - Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
6 - Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface.
7 - Install a visible intruder alarm system - burglars don't want to be seen or heard.
8 - Install low level 'dusk till dawn' lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
9 - Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.
10 - Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register items with serial numbers at: immobilise.com - see related links.
Top 10 tips for securing your home