Top tips to prevent break-ins
Shut and lock all accessible doors and windows.
Do not leave valuables where they can be seen from outside. If you are going out, move presents from the front room.
Don’t advertise to burglars what new things you have by leaving packaging from expensive presents in your bin area.
Register any new electrical goods, or pedal cycles, on the nationwide property register www.immobilise.com. You can register any item that has a unique serial number.
Mark your property with an ultraviolet pen, using your door number and postcode, or use an etching kit.
If neighbours can see into your garden, install a house number on the back of your house, making identification easy when a neighbour calls the police.
Use light timers all year round, setting them to run from dark until 2am.
Leave your radios on whenever you are out. Even if a burglar has seen people leave the house, they won’t know for sure if anyone is home or not.
Never leave your keys in the car and always keep your car locked.
If you spot someone suspicious report it to the police as soon as possible.