Summer security tips
You can follow these simple tips to help keep your home
safe and secure this summer.
Don’t leave ground floor windows and doors open even if you are
just nipping upstairs for a shower. If you live in a bungalow or a
ground floor flat don’t leave windows open in unoccupied rooms
Check your doors and
patio doors are locked before you go to bed.
If you are in the back garden gardening, barbecue, or sunbathing
it's easy for someone to enter your house unobserved via insecure
windows or door at the front of the house.
Unattended vehicles left unlocked or with windows or sun roofs open
make an easy target for thieves even when parked on your
Work with your
neighbours. Look out for their property and ask them to look out
Steven Armson-Smith, Crime Reduction Officer
Mark your property, tools,
lawn mower with your house number/name and post code.
Don’t leave lawn mowers and other gardening equipment unattended
in your front garden.
Don’t leave your tools, garden spades out after use because a
burglar could use them to get into your property.
If you are planting expensive plants consider using a “rootball
anchor” and where possible plant them within site of your house or
neighbours, if they are pot plants make the pots as heavy as
With garden statues - always photograph them with a scale and
additional photographs of any identifying features or marks. Fix
them securely to a base, where applicable have cordon of soft earth
to prevent use of lifting equipment, consider security lighting and
In flower beds by fencing backing onto public areas consider
some defensive planting (such as prickly shrubs) to deter
Secure your gates to keep intruders out your rear garden.
In the rear garden fit some security lighting on your house on a
movement detector or “dusk till dawn” sensor, this also helps with
barbecues and parties.
Your garage/ shed
Don’t leave garage doors open for others to see the contents.
Make a note of the model and serial numbers of bikes, tools,
electrical goods and lawn mowers.
If you are putting in a new shed try and site it in view of your
Put a lock on your shed/garage door and use it, a shed door can
be further secured with a “shed bar” coach bolted through the frame
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With larger tools and bikes consider fitting a shed shackle to the
wall or “Eye” type anchor into a concrete floor and chain it to
Consider a shed alarm; they are quite reasonably priced from DIY
stores or internet, and effective.
Going on holiday?
Speak to your neighbour
– ask them to look out and listen out for anything suspicious while
your away. And do the same for them.
Make your property look occupied.
Secure your garage, home and gates.