Home security

You can protect your home, car and belongings by taking the precautions listed below.

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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