Nuneaton and Bedworth Neighbourhood Watch Association

house and padlock image Security at Home

Home Security is the best way of reducing the risk of your home being burgled. Many burglaries occur on the spur of the moment.
The burglar may see an open window or another easy entry point and take his chance. Here are some basic tips on increasing your security:

When you are going out always close and lock windows and doors - even if you are just going out for a moment or two.

  • Window locks, especially on older windows, will help stop intruders. Remember a burglar is less likely to break in if he has to smash a window.
  • If you have deadlocks, use them. They make it harder for the thief to get in and out again.
  • Remember not to leave the key in the lock, near the door or in an obvious place. Don't leave spare keys outside or in a garage or in a shed. Put car and garage keys out of sight when leaving them in the house.
  • Use timers to switch on lights and radios if you are away from home overnight. They will create the impression that someone is in.
  • Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting all help put burglars off. Remember to ensure that the lights do not disturb your neighbours and that alarms are set to turn off after 20 minutes.
  • Fences at thr rear of the house may make this area more secure. Prickly shrubs are a further deterrent.
  • Fitting a 'spy-hole' allows you to check who is at the door before you open it. Having a door chain fitted means that you can open the door safely a little way to talk to the caller.

    If you require further help or advice on home security matters, please ask your Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.