In Cheshire, burglaries have dropped by 12.4% in the last year and the county has a crime rate which is below national average. While this is good reason for you to feel secure in your home, you should remain aware that criminals are opportunists who will take advantage of any chance to steal from you.
It is important that you do whatever you can to deter burglars from targeting your home.
Secure your home
Here is a list of some of the things you can do to improve the security around your home:
- If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
- Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach
- Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows
- Fit a burglar alarm, but make sure it is installed properly and works
- Keep your garage and garden shed locked with proper security locks, and keep any tools secure and out of sight
- Trim back any plants or hedges that a burglar could hide behind
- Make sure you have up-to-date home insurance.
When you're away
- Do not leave your curtains closed during the daytime
- Use timer switches to turn on some lights when it gets dark
- Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
- Ask a neighbour or family member to look after your home.
Crime Prevention advice
You can contact your local crime reduction adviser (CRA) about any crime prevention concern that you may have.
CRAs can offer you free advice on how to prevent and reduce crime. All crime prevention and reduction advice is given free without the intention of creating a contract. Cheshire Constabulary cannot take any legal responsibility for the advice given.
The Cheshire Constabulary crime reduction advisers are:
- Mark Cotton who covers the Crewe and Macclesfield local policing units
- Alison Gabbott who covers the Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn local policing units
- Colin Marples who covers the Chester, Northwich and Ellesmere Port local policing units.
They can be contacted by calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further advice and information
This section explains what happens if you become a victim of burglary
This section explains what Neighbourhood Watch is and how it can be used to monitor what happens in your neighbourhood.
This section explains what distraction burglaries are and how to report them.
This section explains what preventative measures can be used to deter burglars, for example types of door and window locks and what lights to use.
This section contains information about how to protect your personal property.