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Quotecheap UK Guide to Staying safe at home

1. Join the local neighbourhood watch scheme, if there is not one in your area then contact the police and they will send an officer round from the crime prevention unit to help set one up.

2. When you go on holiday remember to cancel the papers and milk. Ask a neighbour to collect any post or free papers for you. Ask a friend or neighbour to open and close the curtains and turn on some lights.

3. If you go to Screwfix you can get some timers and set them to turn a light and a radio on and off. This makes it look like there is some one still at home.

4. Houses are regularly broken into when the owner nips down to the local shops. Make sure you lock all doors and windows, even if you are only going out for 10 minutes. It only takes a burglar 2-3 minutes to get in, even less if you have left the window open.

5. When someone comes to the house and you don’t know them always ask to see an ID card, close the door and call the number on the back of the card to confirm the person is who they say they are. If the person is who they say they are they will not mind waiting. DON’T LET THEM IN UNLESS YOU ARE CONFIDENT OF THEIR IDENTITY.

6. Never leave spare keys in the house, always leave them with a friend or member of the family so that can get them to should you need them.

7. Never leave any keys by the door at night, there have been a number of cases were they have been taken through the letterbox using a fishing rod. The burglar takes what they want and to add insult to injury, put it in your car and steals that too, while you are asleep in bed.

8. As we said earlier always-fit high quality locks to outside doors and windows.

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