Keep doors locked even when you are home or in the back garden. Take keys out of locks as a burglar could reach through a letterbox of cat flap.
Install a burglar alarm. Make sure all household members know how to work the alarm and us it daily.
Close and lock windows. Use lights on timer switches when you are away to make your home appear occupied.
Consider having a gravel path/driveway as it makes anyone approaching the house easier to hear.
Lock your shed and secure tools and ladders inside, ideally hidden from view.
Put up high fences or plant prickly bushes that would be difficult to climb over.
Make sure gates cannot be climbed over and secure them with appropriate locks.
When away ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home, collect your mail, newspaper and milk so it does not pile up at your front door and draw your curtains.
Park your car on the driveway or road in front of your house to show someone is home. If you away ask a neighbour to park there.
Install lights outside to light pathways at nights.
More crime prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.
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