Ways to Prevent Your Home From Being Burgled

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Ways to prevent your home from being burgled

Security is often a hot topic in leasehold properties so this article aims to provide Leaseholders with ways to prevent your home from being burgled.

In the year 2010 – 2011 there were 452,000 recorded burglaries with entry to domestic properties. Even though burglary is becoming less common due to more complex locking systems and an increased use of alarm systems here is some useful advice to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of a break in.

  • Make sure you have a strong door and frame, and invest in locks that cannot be picked or bumped. Contact a locksmith for further advice.
  • Keep your keys out of reach of the doors to prevent people from fishing them out through the letter box, however make sure they are accessible in case of a fire.
  • Have a peephole or door viewer installed, if this isn’t possible install a security chain.
  • If you live on the second floor or above make sure that you can use the locks quickly in case of emergencies.
  • First floor flats should have at least 3 locking points on French windows and patio doors.
  • Glass panels in doors should be laminated glass or reinforced with security film, some doors come with this already installed.
  • All ground floor windows should have key operated locks.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car even if you are parked in a perceived secure communal car park, display a police notice stating that they have been removed.
  • If you see someone in and around the building that you don’t know or are unaware of why they are there then challenge them and ask why they are there.
  • If someone is asking to come into your flat stating they are contractors or police then ask to see proof or identification? Or call the company but do not use a number that the caller has provided.
  • If you are going away for a long period of time ask a friend to collect your mail and cancel any magazine or newspaper subscriptions as built up mail is a clear sign that you are not home.
  • Set a timer for your lights to go off at random times if you are away to give the illusion that you are home.
  • If someone is buzzing your door do not let them in unless you know who they are or you are expecting them.
  • Make sure you close doors behind you, especially communal doors.
  • Mark valuable items with an invisible pen and for items such as jewellery that cannot be marked then take photographs and have descriptions of them.
  • Keep ladders and other tools locked away so that they cannot be used to break into your property.
  • Do not leave valuable items such as bicycles in designated communal areas, (Lease permitting) unless they are properly secured.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans in an open forum such as social media as people can use this information to gauge when you are away.
  • Install a CCTV system however if it captures anything outside your personal property then it has to be registered with data protection. However, this can be avoided by using dummy cameras.
  • Install door or window contact alarms that go off when a window or door is opened when the system is turned on.
  • Subject to any relevant consents, install a visible security system preferably with a panic alarm built in.
  • If you are allowed then buy a pet such as dog as most people do not enter a property knowing there could be a dog home.
  • If you feel threatened or a crime is in progress then call 999.

Following government guidance and in an attempt to keep our colleagues safe we have moved our staff to homeworking where possible. To ensure safety to our team and the wider community we have taken the decision  that our offices should no longer be open to the public and we would request that you do not visit our offices but communicate with us via telephone or email.

It is our intention to keep any disruption to our services to a minimum, however, as colleagues comply with the government directive to self-isolate the inevitability of significant staff and contractor illness and therefore absenteeism means that some disruption is anticipated. It is our considered opinion that delays should be expected and we would therefore ask our clients and leaseholders to be as understanding as possible during these tough times for all.

We will endeavour to ensure as little disruption possible however, during this period, we will be focusing on the essential aspects of the safety, security and running of essential services at your building whilst maintaining a degree of response to lessee queries. We therefore need your assistance in ensuring that communications with our office are limited to matters that require urgent attention during this very stressful and anxious time for the nation.

We do anticipate potential delays and disruption with the postal service, therefore if you have not already opted to receive all correspondence from us by email, we would strongly recommend that you contact us at admin@burnshamilton.co.uk providing your permission to ensure you are safely receiving all critical correspondence.

To ensure your calls continue to come through to us we have made some changes to our phone system. In order to get through to your key contact please note the extension numbers below for our property teams. Simply enter the extension number on your phone when prompted.

For Andrew Hargadon & Imani Robinson use Ext. 554

For Brian Collins & Sebastian Perry-Symes use Ext. 550

For Dave Wheeler & Margaret Vernam use Ext. 556

For Natasha Haisaid & Virginia Contreras use Ext. 558

For Tim Richards & Rafaela Ribeiro use Ext. 559

For Linda Clarke & Rasa Mestre use Ext. 555

For Lizzy Ellis & Imani Robinson use Ext. 554

For Richard Payne & Emma Preston use Ext. 553

For Tim Townsend & Donna Vernam use Ext. 552

For the latest government advice, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

We would thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented period.