Securing your home
The majority of burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves
- by reducing their potential gain and increasing the potential for
them being caught, a lot of burglaries can be prevented.
- Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from
- Visible alarms make burglars think twice, especially proper
- Physical obstacles, such as high gates and fences, can deter
- Install window locks and extra security where possible .
- Even small windows like casement windows, skylights or bathroom
fanlights need locks. A thief can get in through any gap larger
than a human head.
- Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like under the
doormat, in a flowerpot or inside a letterbox - a thief will look
- Never leave your car keys near the front door.
- Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it
has a connecting door to the house. Lock tools and ladders away so
that a thief cannot use them to break in.
- When away, make it look as though your house is occupied - use
time switches for lights and the radio, ask a neighbour to clear
the doorstep and park on your drive, cancel delivery of milk and
newspapers etc. If you are away for extended periods check your
insurance policy, as some 'contents' policies don't cover you if
you are away for more than 30 days.
Home Security kits
Broxbourne residents can pick up a free home security kit from
Broxbourne Council reception in
Cheshunt and the Council's one stop
shops in Waltham Cross, Cheshunt and Hoddesdon. These
packs will help residents safeguard their homes from burglars and
thereby, the Council hopes, reduce their fear of crime.
The packs are supplied by Broxbourne's Community
Safety Partnership, comprising Broxbourne Council, the County
Council, the police and other agencies. Funding for these
packs is provided by the Home Office.
Each pack contains two types of marker pen, one permanent black
ink and one ultra-violet, which are used to mark property,
tamper-proof labels, and a window sticker. There are also
various crime prevention leaflets in the pack, including 'Be Safe,
Be Secure' and information on the 'Immobilise' scheme.