Home security

If you have been a victim of crime or feel vulnerable in your own home, you may qualify for a personal door camera. This will allow you to see who is at your door. You can be referred for a door camera by a social worker, health visitor or the Police.

Securing your home

  • security mark your property with a UV marker pen. You can use this pen to place an invisible imprint of your postcode and house number on your possessions
  • placing a sticker on a conspicuous window of your home that states your possessions have been security marked will also help to deter thieves. Ask for one of these pens and stickers at your local Police office
  • most house break-ins are committed by opportunistic thieves who do not have to break in due to a door or window having been left open, so keeping your home securely locked at all times is the best deterrent to thieves
  • speak to the crime prevention officer at your local Police office about the safety devices - locks, timers and lighting and procedures like closing curtains after dark and cancelling regular deliveries when you are on holiday, that you can put in place to increase the security of your property
  • if you live in a housing block and it does not have a door entry system, you should consider installing one. This may be easier to organise if you get together with other residents
  • avoid putting your name or address on your keyring. If it is lost or stolen, the thief will have information that could direct them to your home and your property
  • if other people, such as previous tenants, could be in possession of keys that fit the locks in your home, then change the locks
  • do not give keys to tradesmen as they can make copies quickly and easily
  • if you see signs of a break-in at your home - like a smashed window or an open door - don't go in. The burglar may still be inside. Instead, go to a neighbour and call the Police
  • if you are selling your home, don't show people around on your own. Ask your estate agent to send a representative to accompany anyone who wants to view the house. Thieves can use such opportunities to steal your possessions


Contact Information

Community Safety
Council Headquarters
London Road
Telephone: 01563 553950 
Out of hours: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)
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