You should do all of the following to keep your home safe:
- lock security doors and screens on windows to provide a barrier but still allow air to flow
- ask for identification of trades and sales people or strangers before opening your door
- make sure you know the friends and acquaintances of your children or other people who visit your home
- keep doors locked, even when at home or in the garden, but don’t deadlock yourself inside in case you need to leave in a hurry
- install smoke alarms and check them regularly
- keep cash in the home to a minimum
- consider a dog as a deterrent
- display house numbers prominently to make your home easy to find in an emergency
- don't leave your car keys or other keys lying around or in obvious places
- don't leave keys hidden outside the house. Leave spares with trusted friends or neighbours
- don't leave tools outside that could be used to break into your home
- don't keep a weapon in the home for protection - it could be used against you.
You should do all of the following to stay safe when using your phone:
- never reveal that you will be going away or that you are not at home
- never provide your name or address
- hang up on nuisance callers
- keep emergency, family and neighbour numbers close to the phone
- install a phone, or an extension, in your bedroom
- activate the PIN and security code on your mobile phone.
You should do all of the following if an intruder enters your home:
- stay calm
- comply with the intruder’s instructions
- leave the house if possible
- contact police.
Last updated: 18 March 2022
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