Many of our service users live at home alone so it’s important they feel safe and secure in their own homes.
If you or anyone you know lives alone, follow our handy tips to make sure the home is as secure as possible from opportunist thieves.
Our carers who visit service users are urged to make sure the person they’re visiting is safe in their own home and to raise any issues or concerns with relatives if needs be.
Make sure doors and windows are secure
Unlocked doors and windows are a burglar’s dream as they can slip into the home easily and avoiding making any noise. Make sure all windows and doors are locked before going out or going to bed in the evening.
Fit a letter box cage to deter thieves from tampering with locks via the letter box.
Install security devices
Burglar alarms that are visible will help to deter burglars. Outdoor lighting can also act as a deterrent – ones that switch on when sensing movement can catch potential thieves in the act.
Lock away garden tools and ladders
Sheds are the most inviting to garden thieves as this is where you store expensive tools and equipment. You should fit good quality bolts and a hefty padlock to the door. If your shed has windows, put locks on them and add a wire mesh on the inside.
Motion activated alarms can also be fitted to sheds, greenhouses, conservatories and garages.
Keep valuables out of sight
Keep all valuables, jewellery or money out of plain sight. It’s also important not to leave keys in sight and however much you trust people, it’s not a good idea to leave spare keys outside for people you know or carers to use to let themselves in.
Possessions can be marked with a postcode or house number to deter thieves. A local neighbourhood watch scheme should be able to help with this and valuables can be registered at www.immobilise.com