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Prevention advice - do not make it easy for burglars

Alert message sent 26/03/2020 11:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your property.

Control access with doors you can trust:
1. If your door has a letterbox, a guard fitted to the rear of the door will prevent someone reaching in with a stick and a hook to fish for any nearby items such as a handbag or keys – which should never be kept near exterior doors. Consider cat flaps and dog flaps too.
2. Windows can be reinforced by using special film or by installing laminated panels.
3. Spy holes and security chains are recommended so that anyone visiting can be identified before you open the door.
4. Always remember to use both locks and check to make sure that the mortice lock is double-locked every time you leave your home. 
5. More tips about how to secure your doors are available here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/control-access-doors/

Read our Home Security Guide for more information about how to protect your home: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/thames-valley/advice/home-security-guide2.pdf
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