Following various attempted burglaries in the Havering area, we have been looking at the various issues concerning household security.
There have been a number of reported burglaries, and attempted burglaries in our area. These incidents are not just occurring during late hours, they are being made in broad daylight.
We have found the following advice and information on the subject; please also visit the links below for further information.
Household Security Ideas To prevent Burglaries
One of the most common methods used to gain access into a house is by snapping the key cylinder of uPVC doors.
It is advisable to double lock uPVC doors at all times as the locking mechanism is not fully secure unless you do.
Upgrades from Euro cylinders to Anit-snap cylinders are available, see the below link for more information.
The best type of lock for a wooden door is a 5 Lever Mortice deadlock (bs3621 standard). If you are unsure on what type of lock you have, contact your local locksmith for advice.
Another tip to deter attempted break-ins is lights. If you are out of your home between 3pm – 6pm it is a good idea to have at least one light on in the home. Timers are available so lights come on when you want for how long you want.
We have been told of a scam where thieves send around spotters to assess which houses appear easy targets. They paint a small mark somewhere like the garden wall to be spotted by thieves who will follow the route later. If you see any suspicious marks, report this to your local authorities and remove the marking.
We would encourage you to be vigilant; it is a sad reality that homes are being targeted.
Here are some useful links on this subject: