Are You in the Dark About Housebreaking?

Police Scotland are working in partnership with the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers in an early evening Housebreaking initiative. During the dark winter nights, it is easier for would-be thieves to identify properties which are empty as they may not be lit. This is most common in early evening, just before residents arrive home from work and other daytime activities.

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Take simple steps to improve the security of your property, at very little cost.

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Keep your home secure!

Your home could be a target for would-be thieves if not secured. Housebreakers can take advantages of poor security. Reduce your chances of being broken into by taking a few simple steps:

  • Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or anywhere else an intruder may easily find them.
  • Always make sure your keys are well out of sight and reach of letterboxes or windows.
  • Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house. If you must, then put it in various locations.
  • Secure mark your property with a UV marker pen
  • Don’t leave valuables in view of windows, particularly around the tree at Christmas time.
  • It is advisable to lock your doors and windows, even when you are in the house.
  • Fit timer switches to lights in living areas, such as bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens.
  • Angle blinds so that the light will get out but no-one can see in.
  • Make sure lighting outside of your house covers all aspects, particularly doors and windows.
  • Ensure your shed and garage are always secured.
  • Always be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

For more in depth advice about crime prevention in your home, visit the Police Scotland website. If you see signs of a break-in at your home, call the police on 101 or, if you believe the intruder is still there, dial 999.

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