• High walls and hedges could help intruders avoid being seen. Make sure your property isn’t completely hidden from view. • Always ensure that your home looks occupied. • Don’t leave tools lying around, as they can help someone break in. • A burglar can see into your home more easily if the lights are on and it’s dark outside, so close blinds and curtains at night. • Your gate should have an anti-lift device to ensure it cannot be taken off its rails. Secure your gate motor with an anti-theft bracket. • Don’t leave packaging for recycling out as it offers clues as to valuable items in your home. • Outdoor CCTV cameras should be weather-proof and positioned where they can’t be tampered with. • Don’t put a sign denoting protection by a specific security company on your door. Knowing which security system you’re using can provide enough information on how to disable it. • Get a dog – its bark will alert you. • Don’t leave garage doors open so that contents are visible. • Don’t ignore the intercom buzzer or bell – criminals could be checking whether you’re home. • Uncollected post makes your property vulnerable. Also consider installing timers for the lights both inside and outside. • It’s a trend among housebreaking syndicates to take your vehicle as well as household belongings, so keep car keys hidden if you’re away. • Regularly check that your alarm and electric fencing are working. • Be smart about who you let into your home. Keep a close eye on anyone you hire and keep valuables out of sight.