Burglary Prevention Advice
Many burglaries are committed by thieves entering a property via
unlocked doors or windows, but how does a criminal know what is a
Who's Locked Up?
Follow our ten-step checklist to help deter a burglar from
1) DOORS: Keep doors locked,
even when you're home or in your back garden. Take keys
out of locks as a burglar could reach through a letterbox or cat
2) ALARM: Install a burglar
alarm. Make sure all household members know how to work the alarm
and use it daily.
3) WINDOWS: Close and lock
them! Also, draw the curtains if you know you're going to be out
when it gets dark or you're going away.
4) PATHS: Consider having a
gravel path/driveway as it makes anyone approaching the house
easier to hear.
5) SHED: Secure tools and
ladders to a heavy object where possible - ideally hidden from
6) FENCING: At the back of
your property, put up high fences or plant prickly bushes that
would be difficult to climb over.
7) GATES: Make sure gates
cannot be climbed over and secure them with appropriate locks.
8) MILK & NEWSPAPERS:
Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries and anything else you get
9) DRIVEWAY: Before going
away, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on your
home. Ask them to park their car on your driveway or on the road
outside of your house, to make it appear that someone is home.
10) LIGHTING: Use light timer switches and
install lights outside to light up pathways at night.
Download our tri-fold leaflet
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Read our advice to help protect your house
Read our Security Advice Pack
covering all aspects of home security (460kb PDF) >
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view useful tips and advice on what you can do to secure your
Do you know what a distraction burglar is and who they
Distraction burglary occurs when criminals knock on a person's
door and make up a story in order to gain access into
their home. They may use various disguises, such as pretending to
be from a water, gas or telecoms company.
Dorset Police is working with Trading Standards across the
county to keep people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable,
safe from criminals who commit doorstep crime.
our leaflet which is full of tips on what to look out
for, along with contact details of relevant agencies who can
help source or identify a reputable tradesperson. There are also
details of how to report suspicious
behaviour to the authorities.
Advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of a
bogus caller >
Read the Home Office's advice about How to beat the bogus
caller (284kb PDF) >
Be Safe, Be Secure
Download the 'Be Safe, Be Secure' booklet produced by the Home
A practical guide to crime reduction and protecting yourself and
your family, safeguarding your property and building safer
Download booklet (1MB
Surveys have consistently shown that homes are less likely to be
burgled if a visible burglar alarm is fitted. Find out more about the various types of alarms that
are available >
CCTV systems explained in our guide >
Garages and Sheds
Reducing shed, garage and garden crime - follow our
simple tips >
Burglaries of sheds and garages are growing, beat the garden thief with our
Sheducation information (184kb PDF) >
safes information leaflet (20kb PDF) >
Over the past few years we have introduced Neighbourhood
Policing Teams (NPTs) across the whole of
Dorset and NPTs will continue to be
the ‘bedrock’ of Dorset Police. Working together with our partners
and communities, under the committed leadership of Neighbourhood
Inspectors, these teams provide a consistent, regular and familiar
police presence in your community.
To find your local Neighbourhood Policing Team,
please follow this link >
Watch Schemes encourage residents to work together to
reduce crime and the fear of crime, and helps to build stronger
Most people will have heard of Home or Neighbourhood Watch, but
did you know that there are other types of Watch Scheme operating
For more information on all the Watch Schemes
operating in Dorset, please follow this link and get involved
Secured By Design
Secured by Design is the official UK Police flagship initiative
supporting the principles of 'designing out crime'.
Secured by Design focuses on crime prevention of homes and
commercial premises and promotes the use of security standards for
a wide range of applications and products.
Dorset Police employs specially trained Crime
Prevention and Design Advisors who are more than willing to give
advice and help on Designing Out Crime.
Crime Prevention and Design Advisors operating
under the ACPO Secured By
They are also Accredited Assessors under the
Follow this link to view their website http://www.securedbydesign.com/ >
Security Tips and Advice from
Secured By Design (256kb PDF) >
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