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Securing your home.

Good Morning

I wanted to share with you some handy advice on how you can keep your property safe from burglars, available on the Kent Police website at the following link: Keep burglars out of your property | Kent Police

The following 'facts about burglars' will provide some insight into how they work and what you can do to deter them.


Facts about burglars

Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door. This is particularly the case where people leave packaging outside by the bins for collection. Always take the time to break up large packages and place them in the bin rather than leaving next to the bin.


Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit. I know some people like to leave a small window open to let the air circulate around their property whilst they are out, but I would say shut all windows. You can open them again when you arrive back home.


Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays, so again make sure windows and doors are secure whilst out. If you have a side gate, then make sure that you have a good lock on the inside of it.


Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle.


Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence, so again, it is important to ensure that all doors and windows are secure.


Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home, so ensure that sheds and garages have good locks on them..


If you have unfortunately been a victim of a burglary, then it is important to try and upgrade your security on your home, so that you are not a victim again. I know that it can be expensive to secure your home, but if security measures are put in place, it will make it harder for people to get into your property. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in. Even more reason for you to ensure you keep your home as safe as house.


Thank you


PCSO Linda Baker.

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