6.42 AM Sunday 29 May 2016

Protect your home

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 vulnerable target...?

Who's Locked Up?

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Follow our ten-step checklist to help deter a burglar from targeting YOU!:

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 flap.

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 external view.

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 regularly delivered.

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 here >

View the Secure Your Home A4 poster >

Read our advice to help protect your house >

Read our Security Advice Pack covering all aspects of home security (460kb PDF) >


Interactive Crime Prevention House

Roll your mouse cursor over the crime prevention house below to view useful tips and advice on what you can do to secure your property.





Doorstep crime

Distraction Burglary

Do you know what a distraction burglar is and who they target?

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.

Download 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

Be Safe Be Secure - Your practical guide to crime reduction


Download the 'Be Safe, Be Secure' booklet produced by the Home Office.

A practical guide to crime reduction and protecting yourself and your family, safeguarding your property and building safer communities.

Download booklet (1MB PDF) >





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) >



Download our safes information leaflet (20kb PDF) >


Neighbourhood Policing

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 >


Neighbourhood Watch

Home Watch & Neighbourhood Watch logosWatch Schemes encourage residents to work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and helps to build stronger communities.

Most people will have heard of Home or Neighbourhood Watch, but did you know that there are other types of Watch Scheme operating in Dorset. 

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 Design scheme.

They are also Accredited Assessors under the BPA Safer Parking Scheme.

Follow this link to view their website http://www.securedbydesign.com/ >

ArrowSecurity Tips and Advice from Secured By Design (256kb PDF) >


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