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Tuesday July 7th 2020

Neighbourhood Watch – How to reduce the risk of your house being burgled

There have been a number of attempted burglaries in Bletchingley and the surrounding villages in the last few months. Please see the advice from Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch on how to reduce the risk of your house being burgled.

  • Lock all doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors.
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox). If possible, keep them in a metal container.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a correctly installed safe.
  • Install an intruder alarm – if it is to be monitored, ensure it is NSI or SIA registered.
  • Install dusk to dawn outside lighting around your property.
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property if you are out for long periods or away on holiday. Leave lights and a radio/TV on in your house, or on a timer, to make the property appear occupied.
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition and ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage.
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
  • Make it hard for thieves to hide by keeping foliage and bushes trimmed and neat around the edges of your property.
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product such as Selecta DNA and register your property with Immobilise.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.