There are a number of things that you can do to help keep your
Simple advice...A dog can scare off a burglar, an alarm and security lights can deter a burglar, good locks can delay a burglar but a good neighbour can catch a burglar with one call to the Gardaí. Most burglary is opportunistic so if your home is secure and your neighbours is not, your neighbour is the one to be targeted. If the whole estate is full of secure homes then the burglars usually target other estates.
- If you haven't got an alarm, get one fitted. If you have
an alarm, heed the warnings about false alarms - no point
having your alarm go off if everyone ignores it.
- Replace original locks on front and patio doors with high security locks which are not so easily defeated.
- Leave your porch light on all night or fit a sensor to
the existing light - prowlers hate light.
- Check the angle of the sensors on your lights from time
to time. Apparently some burglars have taken to changing the
angle so that the light won't come on when someone is nearby,
making it easier for them to move about undetected.
- Be sure that you have a strong lock fitted to your shed
and make sure that all yard tools, ladders, etc. are locked
away - no point making it easy for them.
- It's also worth checking how secure your shed door's hinges
and bolts are - many are just attached with short screws and
could be easily pried off.
- Be careful leaving your wheelie bin out. It makes a convenient
'step' for someone to get over your fence quicker than they
- Fit an extra lock to your patio door to make if more difficult
for a thief to actually lift it off its rails.
If you're going to be away
- If you're going to be away for a while, let a neighbour
know and either let them have a key and your alarm code or
give them the number of a trusted contact that you will leave
the keys with instead.
You can contact Lucan Garda Station on 6667300 before you
go to have them enter your house on the 'Vacant House Register'.
- Ask your neighbour or 'contact' to check in from time to
time to make sure that there are no obvious signs that your
house is unoccupied e.g. mail piling up in the hall or not
pushed through the letterbox.
- It can be a good idea to have a lamp on a timer set to
go on and off at various intervals if you're away during the
- It can also be helpful to have your TV or radio on a timer
to make the house appear occupied. Be careful that its not
set too loud though unless you want to fall out with your
- Keep a record of serial numbers of all property, e.g. televisions,
radios, stereos and tape recorders, cameras, bicycles, etc.
- Photograph other valuable items of property that may not
have a serial number, e.g. silverware, paintings, antiques
- Mark your property with an engraver or an ultraviolet pen
(you can get these in most DIY shops now).
There is no real standard way of doing this but its a good
idea to use your phone number and possibly your initials and
date of birth (to help prove its yours if your phone number
changes for any reason)
- Fit an alarm. Remember the problems with false alarms though
- make sure it doesn't go off for no reason.
- Think carefully where you leave your car keys. If a thief
can steal your car keys then they can steal your car. Keys
are regularly stolen from kitchens, hall tables, key hooks,
handbags, workplaces and even from the ignition of cars. Your
keys are the same value as your car, put them out of sight
and in a safe place.
Note: There have been instances reported in Griffeen Glen
of thieves breaking into a house in order to steal car keys.
- Have your car windows etched with the registration number
of your vehicle. This makes your car more difficult to dispose
of illegally and will help to deter thieves.
- Fit a steering wheel lock or a vehicle immobiliser. There
are a number of these products on the market to suit everyone's
pocket. These devices will make it more difficult for thieves
to drive your car away. They are likely to leave your car
alone and look for one that is easier to steal.
- Don't leave any property in the car where it can be seen
by a thief. Things like briefcases, CDs and tapes, cheque
books, coats (old and new), credit cards, handbags, loose
change, mobile phones, shopping bags, sports bags and equipment,
wallets, cameras, etc. Things like this and even less valuable
items are all tempting to thieves.
- If you have expensive wheels it is worth fitting locking
wheel nuts and having your wheels etched with the registration
number of your car.