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Home Security Advice

#Safety

* Never open your door to unknown visitors. Fit a spy hole or a door chain so you can see who it is before opening the door.

* Don't leave your keys in the inside lock or on a window ledge as a burglar will be able to break the window.

* Remove keys and anything valuable away from view.

* Don't add your name and address on a key tag, if you lose your keys away from home they could fall into the wrong hands.

* Don't tell social media your going on holiday!

#Deterrent

* Pebbles/gravel will help keep burglars away as they will alert you if someone is approaching your house.

* Fit blinds to your windows, they are a noisy obstruction for burglars.

* Install an alarm system and change the code regularly.

* Join the neighbourhood watch scheme and display a sticker.

* Cut back on hedges and trees to stop burglars from concealing themselves.

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Vehicle Security Advice

1. Car alarm

The threat of a loud sound and flashing lights is a powerful deterrent. Most modern cars come pre-equipped with an alarm.

2. Car immobiliser

An immobiliser is an electronic device which prevents a car from being started by someone who doesn’t have the proper key.

Although an immobiliser won't stop a car from being broken into, it may stop it from being stolen.

3. Car tracking systems

Car tracking systems require a transmitter to be hidden in your car. If stolen, the vehicle can then be tracked and recovered.

4. Steering locks/gearstick & handbrake locks

These tough metal locking devices prevent the steering wheel, gearstick or handbrake from being used when the car is not in use.

They are relatively cheap to buy (prices start at around £20), but in general, the more you pay, the better the security.

5. Secure parking

If your home has a driveway, or better still a garage, then use it. Cars parked off-street are far less likely to be stolen than those parked on the road.

When away from home, try and leave your car in a secure car park – one with a ticket barrier or attendant. If you have to park on the street, do so in a busy, well-lit area, and if at all possible, beneath the gaze of a CCTV camera.

6. Hide valuables

It’s not just car thieves you have to worry about, there are plenty of crooks out there who are simply after your valuables.

Therefore, never leave expensive items out on display within your car - So make sure you hide them out of sight in the glove compartment or boot.

7. Don’t forget to lock your car

This may seem simple but plenty of cars get stolen as a result of forgetful owners.

The same goes for windows and sunroofs – always close them when you leave the car, no matter how short a time you’re away. (obviously leaving a small gap if you have a pet in the car)

8. Order an anti-theft wallet!

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