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 http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/advice.html 

or speak to your local PCSO or Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. Maistone Neighbourhood Watch Association can be contacted on help@maidstonenhw.co.uk