Advice on Home Security – When you’re out or away

When you’re out or away

  • Consider fitting an alarm system: as well as alerting you or others to intruders, visible alarms make burglars think twice about breaking in.
  • If you have an alarm installed you are strongly advised to complete and return the alarm keyholder nomination form (available for download from the Related Downloads area) supplying your keyholder details to us. If Environmental Services get a complaint about your alarm sounding, keyholders can be contacted and the alarm silenced.
  • When going on holiday ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property, open and close curtains and clear your mail: post and junk mail piling up in porches or protruding from letterboxes is good indication to a burglar that the house may be unoccupied.
  • Use timers for lights and radios if you will be out of the house overnight. They create the impression that someone is at home. It is not recommended to use TVs for this purpose.
  • Cancel your regular deliveries such as milk and newspapers.

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