Scams and how to avoid them

Advice on protecting your home   


 A lot of burglaries take place on the spur of the moment when a burglar sees an open window or other easy way in. You can take simple steps to avoid this type of opportunistic crime. 

 In your home


·         Fit security measures such as intruder alarms, door chains and door locks. A spy hole lets you see who's at your door;

·         Avoid labeling house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands;

·         Don't leave keys (including car keys) or other valuables near doors or windows;

·         Close all windows and doors before you go out or to bed.



Around your home

·         Make sure fences, hedges and gates are in good condition;

·         Install external security lights (but make sure the lights don't affect your neighbours and that alarms turn off after 20 minutes);

·         Avoid leaving side gates open and make sure ladders and garden equipment that could be used to force entry are not left out;

·         Keep garages and sheds locked and alarmed;

·         Store bins carefully so that they cannot be used as a climbing aid;

·         Never hide spare house keys outside or in a shed;  

·         Dispose of packaging carefully - wrapping and boxes you put outside your house on bin day advertises what you have in your house.


If you are away from home

·         Use timers for lights and radios - this will create the impression someone is home;

·         Cancel regular deliveries, such as milk and newspapers;

·         Make sure garden furniture is stored away and that sheds and garden gates are locked;

·         Ask a relative or trusted neighbour to pop in and move any post or junk mail from inside your door;

·         Arrange for the curtains to be opened and closed;

·         Offer your neighbours the use of your driveway;  

·         Check your insurance policy - some policies don't provide cover if you are away for more than 30 days.

For more information please visit the Kent Police web site 

or speak to your local PCSO or Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. Maistone Neighbourhood Watch Association can be contacted on