Our research has found that a lot of people are making security mistakes that put their property and belongings at risk.

Check out these top tips to securing your home:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, and remember to double-lock UPVC doors by lifting the handle and turning the key.
  • Ensure outbuildings, such as sheds and garages are kept locked at all times. Garden and side gates should also be locked and it is a good idea to check that fencing is also secure
  • Keep ladders and tools locked or stored away, don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • If you’re going away, make the house look as though it’s still lived in. If you have milk or newspapers, remember to cancel them before you leave. Ask a neighbour or someone you know to put the bins out/bring them in, and to collect the post to make the property appear occupied
  • Install a visual burglar alarm and be sure to use it, setting it whenever you leave the house
  • Install good security lightning to the exterior of your property, this will help act as a deterrent for thieves
  • Bring any valuable items that may be lying around the garden inside or make sure they’re locked up
  • Be sure to keep any valuable items, such as laptops, iPads etc. away from view in the house and not near a ground floor window
  • Hide any car keys out of sight and away from letterboxes or cat flaps, as these can be easily reached with a device to hook the keys on
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood watch scheme www.ourwatch.org.uk

Here are some tips to keep your information safe online:

  • Think before you post, think carefully who will be able to read your posts, and make sure you check your privacy settings to see who can and who can’t read them
  • Think again before you sharedo you really need to make personal information such as your address, or when and where you’re going on holiday, public knowledge?
  • Check that your GPS / Location services is switched off on your phone, as this can make you an easy target, as posts will say where you are currently located