The following information, taken from a tweet from Mole Valley police following a spate of burglaries in Bookham and Fetcham, should help you identify some of the ways your may be advertising insecurities in your home to would-be burglars.
This first picture above shows a home with poor security. If a burglar sees any of these signs, they might assume the house has poor security generally. Don’t let your house look like the least secure in the street.
1. You’ll notice the overgrown vegetation that helps shield the front from the roadside, thereby providing useful cover for burglars.
2. The old and insecure doors and windows
3. Door and Windows in some cases left open
4. The unlocked window next to the flat roof with the handy drain pipe that can be used to climb up onto it
5. A poor state of repair of the fence
6. Shed with tools readily accessible for any burglar to use
7. Accessible through an unlocked gate or the holes in the fence
1. Good quality doors and windows have been fitted (with the appropriate locks which are closed and locked).
2. The window next to the flat roof has a lock and the window into the garage has a grille over it.
3. Items in the garage are secured using a ground anchor and chain
4. Shed tools are stored securely in the locked shed
5. Garden is now protected by good quality and sturdy fencing and a locked gate
6. Additional security has also been added in the form of a visible alarm, CCTV and a professionally specified and fitted safe.
A good source of information on good quality security products such as ground anchors, chains, padlocks etc is Sold Secure
If you are concerned about an insecure home, you should get professional advice.
Rohallion Security, in Bookham, is a good place to start. Go and talk to them and make sure you are not an easy target for burglary with some quick and relatively inexpensive fixes.