things to remember
■ Ultra bright security lights, left, scare intruders. But ensure they are not triggered by every passing squirrel or cat – then neighbours either ignore them or see them as a nuisance.
■ Many homes have now installed some form of closed circuit television. This can deter break-ins if thieves know it is there. But always take care that the burglars can’t steal the TV equipment.
■ Take extra care with remote or phone operated locks on your home. Burglars may be able to work around them – just as car thieves have done with some motor systems.
■ Never advertise that you have a safe at home. Thieves know where they are most likely kept and how to remove them.
■ Don’t display expensive jewellery in a way that can link you with your home.
■ Many insurance policies include replacement windows and new locks if the burglary causes breakage.