Message from Police Scotland:
As the seasons are changing Police Scotland have been running a Darker Nights Campaign, you may have officers visit or leaflet your home.
However, in case you are not visited please take this opportunity to review your home security and consider the following points:
- Check outside lights are working, located out of easy reach and orientated as required
- If you have a house alarm, use it at night and when you are out
- Consider using timer switches on lights so your home is not in darkness when you are out
- Fit key operated windows locks – but don’t leave the keys in them!
- Check doors are secured by British Standard 5 lever mortice locks or multi point locks – I would not recommend you depend on a single Yale style rim lock to secure a door
- Fit a letter box guard / brushes and do not leave keys / bags near / behind doors
- If you have a keyless entry car store the keys in a Faraday pouch / tin
If you have a shed or garage
- Fit a shed alarm or if possible, extend the house alarm into the garage
- Replace some of the hinge, hasp screws with coach bolts
- If the door is secured with a padlock use a closed shackle one
- Lock garden tools up – these may be used to break into a house
- Lock any bicycles or motorbikes up with in the shed / garage
- Fit a garage defender to prevent garage doors being opened
- Cover up any windows
- Mark and register bikes with the http://www.bikeregister.com
If you see anyone acting suspiciously near to your premises, please contact the police immediately with as detailed a description as possible of any person or vehicle involved.
Please call 999 if an emergency and urgent police assistance is required or 101 to report the matter to the police.
For further advice :
Your home – Police Scotland