Police Advice for Summer Home Security

It has been well publicised that there has been an increase in crime nationally.  To reduce chances of becoming a victim, Thames Valle Police offer the following advice to secure your home when going away on holiday, or if you are staying at home but opening doors and windows during hot weather:

If Staying At Home:

Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key.

Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too.

Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.

Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

If you’re going away:

Don’t advertise that you are going on holiday on social media – wait until you are home to upload your snaps.

 Check your home insurance policy, as some may pay out less, or not at all, if you’ve put that you’re away on social media.

Going on holiday? Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied,  even when it isn’t.

Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away.

Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots.

For further information on crime prevention advice this summer visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk