From the kent Police advice pages.
Did you know?
Most burglaries happen on weekdays, in daylight, when you’re more likely to be out. As well as locking up each time you leave you can also:
- keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view;
- use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied;
- keep gates locked and boundaries secure;
- lock away bikes, tools and garden items which could be stolen or used to break into your home.
You could also:
- security-mark items including bikes, mobiles and laptops;
- keep receipts, IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe (also see: mobile phone theft);
- photograph and insure expensive or unique items;
- install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank;
- register important items for free on the national Immobilise database – this can help the Police return them to you if they are stolen and then recovered.
Sheds, allotments, outbuildings and garages
…or places where you store tools, machinery, and other valuable equipment offer easy pickings to thieves.
You can reduce the risk of having your property stolen by:
- always putting tools and equipment away in a locked place;
- disabling lawn mowers and other machinery when not in use and chaining items together to a solid anchor point;
- using closed shackle padlocks;
- installing alarms and security lights;
- Also, think about a TV Flicker light that looks from the outside as if your TV is on.
If your property is stolen, you have more chance of getting it back if it is recovered by the Police if you write down some details (make, model, serial number and identifying marks) and have pictures of the items.
You can also:
- register your valuables on Immobilise – the national secure property database;
- security-mark items with a UV pen or a forensic marking solution;
- keep hedges and fences maintained and gates locked;
- Keep wheelie bins out of sight as these can be used to scale fences and gates;
- secure hanging baskets to their brackets.