Prevent burglary


By taking just a few simple measures you can dramatically reduce the chances of it happening to you.

Most burglaries tend to be opportunistic rather than planned. A burglar will select a target because it offers the best opportunity to carry out the crime undetected. So if your home does not look secure, seems unlived in, or provides unobserved access, it could be at risk.

Some top tips:

  • Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows
  • Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel unsure
  • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes
  • Keep your valuables out of sight. You can protect your valuables by registering them free of charge with The UK National Property Register (
  • Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home or use a light timer
  • Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked
  • Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time

Everyone has the right to feel safe as they go about their daily lives and this can be achieved by all of us playing our part in tackling issues of crime and disorder. If you do witness any suspicious activity please report it to the police immediately. An early call to the police may prevent a crime or lead to a suspect being arrested.

You can report a suspicious activity:

  • Online by visiting Report (
  • If it is not urgent, telephone 101
  • For an emergency telephone 999
  • Call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Last updated: ‎18‎/‎04‎/‎2023‎ ‎13‎:‎32‎