Burglary prevention

What is burglary?

Burglary involves the entry to a building as a trespasser and the theft of any property within. This includes the following types of property:

  • Private properties  e.g. houses, flats, static caravans, sheds, free standing garages, out houses.
  • Business  premises e.g. offices, shops, hotels, warehouses, factories, pubs and clubs
  • Educational  establishment e.g. schools, colleges, sports centres
  • Health organisations  e.g. hospital premises, doctors surgeries, pharmacy and chemists
  • Local Authority buildings e.g. council offices and associated premises
  • Churches and places of worship

What is a hanoi burglary?

Taking a vehicle from the property during a burglary. This could be to facilitate the removal of property for example laptops and electrical equipment or  to steal the vehicle itself to sell on.

Unlocked insecure doors and windows often give opportunist criminals easy access to the property, sometimes without victims even knowing that someone has have been into their house.

Preventing a burglary

Follow our tips below to reduce the risk of your home being burglared:

  • Always ensure your doors and windows are locked, even if your're just in the next room
  • Consider using a UV or permanent marker to mark your property. Mark valuables with your postcode, house number or name and register them on immobilise.com
  • Keep valuables and car keys out of view and away from doors and windows
  • Consider using timer or sensor switches on your lights when you are out to make it look like someone's at home. You could also consider fitting exterior lighting with sensors
  • If you have a burglar alarm make sure you use it when you go out and consider having effective window locks fitted.  Upgrade to Euro locks, Click here for advice about locks
  • If you require a locksmith, get in touch wtih an MLA-approved locksmith if you require their services and for more security advice
  • If you don't have a burglar alarm, consider installing one. Get at least three quotes and seek specialist advice from companies who are registered with either the National Security Inspectorate (01628 637512) or Security systems and Alarm Inspection Board (0191 2963242).
  • Consider fitting CCTV systems
  • Consider joining a neighbourhood watch scheme if you have one in your area. If not, think about setting one up with local residents

Burglary Tool Kit

This booklet has been produced to offer you specialist advice and crime prevention guidance, to protect your home and your property.


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