Mon 18 October 2021

Your Local Area

Enter your postcode to find Neighbourhood Watch schemes and crime statistics for your area

Burglary crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 12/07/2021 13:45:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:
  • close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • double-lock any door
  • make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • set your burglar alarm
  • make sure the side gate is locked
  • lock your shed or garage
  • lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
Are you taking a summer staycation? Complete our holiday checklist first:
  • Posting holiday snaps on social media? Keep those posts private to stop unwanted views from prying eyes
  • Leave lights or a radio on a timer so your home appears occupied
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property, to close your curtains after dark and if possible, park on the drive
  • Cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers or milk
  • Remember to lock all rear and side gates
  • Hide valuable items out of view of windows

If you keep high value items such as cash, jewellery, passports, you might want to consider storing them in a home safe or a safety deposit box.

Don't keep valuables or a safe in your bedroom if possible, as this is the first place a burglar will look.  Be sure to effectively secure your safe by bolting it to a wall or floor. 
Property marking your valuables and making a record of their serial numbers helps police identify them as yours and return them to you if they are ever stolen.
Also guard your garden:
  • Use padlocks and bolts on side and rear garden gates
  • Install strong fences to hide your garden from prying eyes
  • Gravel driveways help you hear approaching footsteps
  • Motion sensor lights catch unwanted visitors in its beam
  • Keep tools hidden away under lock and key
  • Don't neglect your shed security - use strong locks to keep the contents secure
  • Extend security alarms from the house to cover sheds, garages and outbuildings

Sheds, garages and outbuildings account for a significant number of burglaries in Surrey. Inadequate locks – or no locks at all – make these buildings an easy target.

Valuable items such as power tools, bikes and golf clubs are top of a burglar’s wish list, but they’ll take anything they can get their hands on.

Although there are fewer points of entry for flats, you still need to take precautions to keep a flat safe:
  • Make sure the communal door locks behind you, and don't let it be left propped open
  • Make sure you know the person you're buzzing through the door
  • Try not to leave windows open overnight on the ground floor
Message sent by
Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

Message tag words

Back to previous page
Click here to tweet this message to your followers

Discuss this alert message

Please see terms below before using this feature
Please be aware that the facility above is a Facebook service, posting your views will make some of your Facebook information visible to everyone (as with any Facebook activity).

The system administrators (VISAV Limited) monitor the content added. Any misuse or objectionable material should be reported to

The views expressed do not represent the views of the system administrators who are VISAV Limited, the Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other Information Provider using this service.