With many shoppers awash with bargain purchases from Black Friday and the festive season now upon us, our local police force, Leicestershire Police, have issued a timely guide as to how to protect your home and belongings from burglars.
Keep doors and windows locked at all times- even if you pop outside to the garden or go upstairs
Always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock
Keep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe place
Don’t leave the packaging from expensive items outside your house – take it to be recycled or put it in the bin
Install a visible alarm system and security lighting to act as a deterrent
Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates or fencing
Make sure your home looks occupied by using automatic timer switches to turn on a light when it goes dark, even if you are out for just a couple of hours
If you’re going away, don’t advertise it on social media
Ask a neighbour or relative if they could collect post and open and close curtains while you are away
Importantly, make sure that your buildings and contents are fully insured by talking to us about a home insurance quote.