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Q84: Do you have any general advice to make my home more secure?

Here are a few tips on how to make your home more secure:

· Install a visual burglar alarm.

· Install windows and doors that have a key operated lock.

· Tell a trusted neighbour if you are going on holiday; ask if they would perhaps draw the curtains on an evening.

· Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

· Have a chain and a peephole on your door/s.

· Lock the garden shed.

· Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house. Do not leave any window open.

· Remember to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn the key).

· Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden.

· Keep all keys out of view, in a place where you can quickly find them.

· Fit a restrictor to your letterbox.

· Put your lights or a radio on a timer when you are out in the evening.

· Mark your property with a postcode and a house number, then register it with Immobilise. See www.immobilise.com, which is a free website where you can register any property that has a serial number.

For detailed advice on making your home secure, please see Related Information. The Crime Prevention Officer at your local police force will also be able to assist.

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