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Stay Secure This Summer – some Tips from Thames Valley Police

Stay secure this summer

With the holiday season well underway, now is the time to take extra security precautions to keep your property safe if you are away – particularly if you live in a remote location or on a farm or smallholding.

Here are some tips from Thames Valley Police for keeping your property secure:

On homes

  • Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
  • Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.
  • Fit good quality deadlocks conforming to the latest British Standards to all external doors.
  • Fit good quality window locks – these can reduce your insurance costs.
  • Fit timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times but be sure to read manufacturer’s instructions to avoid potential fire risk.
  • Leave a radio turned on tuned to a ‘talk’ station.
  • If possible, leave a car in the drive or ask a neighbour to park there.

On sheds and outbuildings:

  • Consider padlocks that emit a very loud sound if tampered with or those that will send a text alert to your mobile
  • Install appropriate external security lighting
  • Consider installing a monitored intruder alarm system
  • Get comprehensive advice from a reputable security company that conforms to national standards:- National Security Inspectorate (NSI) – Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB).
  • Go to www.datatag.co.uk/cesar-agriculture.php for information on protecting agricultural machinery from theft.
  • Consider making machinery – such as ride-on mowers or quad bikes – unattractive to thieves by daubing it with paint. It makes it less easy for them to sell on.

Nothing beats the human eye, however, so ask a family member, neighbour or friend to check your home and property on a regular basis – but try to avoid the same time every day as would-be thieves get wise to this.