Home Security (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Home Security (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

Following attempts to gain access to sheds and houses in East Lothian recently we would like to remind you of a few simple hints to assist in securing your property:Your Home: Most housebreakings are carried out by opportunist thieves – so take the opportunity and keep your home and possessions safe.Lock the door: Obvious isn’t it? But some people don’t do it. Lock the door, even if you’re only away a short time. If you have window locks, lock those too. Why not keep your doors locked when you are at home? This stops people coming in if you’re in another room or the garden.Keep your keys out of sight: Don’t leave your keys on the inside of locks or just inside the door. If you have a spare key, don’t leave it under a mat, plant pot or other easy to spot place. Make it as hard as possible to break into your home or steal your car.Make your house look occupied: Away from home? Use timers on lights and radios so that it seems like there’s someone at home. If you are going away on holiday, avoid announcing this publicly on social media.Show people that your home is secure: Thieves are put off by visible security alarms and carefully directed security lighting. Valuables and cash: Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house and lock valuables away out of sight.We offer crime prevention advice in relation to home security. If you wish such advice please call 101 or speak to a local officer.