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Below is a list of things you can do to protect your home and belongings:
- Ensure you lock your doors and windows even when you are in
- Fit good quality locks to your exterior doors
- If you have an intruder alarm make sure you set it when you go out and when you go to bed
- Leave a light on when it's dark, make use of timer switches and consider leaving a radio on or investing in a fake TV device
- Protectively mark your valuable property with your name and postcode preferably using a visible property marking kit such as Cremark or SelectaMARK
- Don't leave valuables such as laptops on view
- Take your keys with you when you go to bed; don't leave them in door locks or window locks or in view of windows or doors
- Confirm the identity of anyone who calls at your home who you don't know. Beware of bogus officials. Not sure? Don't open the door
For more advice and tips see the Nottinghamshire Police Securing Your Home Guide
Keep your belongings safe
- Leave you personal belongings unattended
- Write PIN numbers down
- Make it easy for thieves
- Tag keys so they can be easily identified
- Leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed
- Leave garages or sheds unlocked
- Only carry cash when you need it
- Have a visible burglar alarm/security lighting
- Use a PIN or pattern code on your phone for security
- Carry valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags
- Track your phone with 'Find my iPhone' or 'PREY'
- Love it, Log it! at www.immobilise.com
- Sign up for advice and crime alerts at www.nottinghamshirealert.co.uk
Going on holiday?
- Suspend any deliveries, such as milk or newspaper
- Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property
- Try to make your home look occupied while you are not there. Use timer switches on lamps or your radio.
There are three types of intruder alarms available:
If the system is breached, a monitoring station informs the key holders and police within minutes.
Audible only alarms
If activated, an alarm sound will alert your neighbours. These alarms are less expensive than monitored systems and are a good deterrent. However, you cannot guarantee anyone in the area will react to it and alert you or the police.
If the alarm is activated, the sound will alert your neighbours and the system will dial a series of telephone numbers. This allows the receiver to respond to the alarm.
If you are considering buying an intruder alarm you could use the Trading Standards Website to check for vetted suppliers in your area.