House Security

Advice on improving your home security


  • Close and lock all doors and windows. Don’t leave keys in locks and keep keys in a safe, accessible place away from view.
  • Keep hedges and wall boundaries at front of house low to prevent hiding points and to increase opportunity for natural surveillance
  • Keep rear and side boundaries high and consider the use of prickly shrubs / plants to restrict access
  • Install “ dusk to dawn” security lighting to increase visibility and deter intruders
  • Use internal timer switches linked to lights so that it appears someone is at home
  • Install a security alarm, fitted by an approved and accredited installer – approved by either NSI or SSAIB (security industry inspectorates)
  • Photograph and security mark valuable and sentimental items.
  • Keep a record of all valuables.
  • Invest in a fireproof safe fixed to a solid surface to store valuables / ID documents.
  • Lock garages and sheds. Ensure that any garden tools, ladders are secured away so that they can’t be used to break into your home.
  • Ensure your insurance policy is valid and up to date.

More information:

Police Scotland – www.scotland.police.uk

Secured by Design – www.securebydesign.com