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Neighbourhood Watch

Outbuilding Theft Prevention Advice

General home and outbuilding security:



  • Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.

  • Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.

  • Fit good quality deadlocks conforming to the latest British Standards to all external doors.

  • Fit good quality window locks.


Security lighting:



  • Install security lights that come on automatically at dusk and go off at dawn.

  • Help make your property look occupied by fitting timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.

  • Due to the potential fire risk in using any electrical device, it is important that all manufacturers’ instructions are strictly adhered to at all times.


CCTV and intruder alarms:



  • Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.

  • Consider installing an audible and monitored intruder alarm system.

  • Get comprehensive advice from a reputable security company that conforms to national standards:
    - National Security Inspectorate (NSI)
    - Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB)


Entrances and exits:



  • Look closely at the perimeter of your land to ensure it is as secure as possible.

  • If possible, remove all private access points that are no longer used and establish a single gated entrance and exit.

  • Consider installing an entry control system, infra-red, intercom or keypad entry.


Gates and hinges:



  • Invert and cap gate hinges so that gates cannot be lifted off. Ensure fixing bolts cannot be removed.

  • Use good quality padlocks with covers so they cannot be easily cut off.

  • Use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control large openings to yards.


Natural boundary protection:



  • Plant thorn hedges to use as natural boundaries.

  • Restrict vehicle access by digging deep ditches.


Fire risks:



  • Hay and straw should be removed from fields as soon as possible after harvesting.

  • Hay and straw should be stored separately from other buildings.

  • Petrol, diesel and other fuels should be stored in secure areas and storage tank outlets should be padlocked.

  • Refuse should be disposed of safely and on a regular basis.

  • Seek further advice from the Arson Reduction Advisor.


Fly tipping:



  • Restrict the opportunity for fly tipping by improving boundary security through the use of fencing, bollards or gating.

  • Use signage to indicate that an area is monitored.

  • Quickly remove evidence of fly tipping so it does not act as a signal and attract further offences.

  • Report all incidents of fly tipping to your local authority as soon as possible.

  • If possible, make note of any vehicle details and descriptions of people involved.


Illegal occupation:



  • Perimeter protection of vacant land and car parks reduces the risk, inconvenience and costs involved in removal of trespassers and illegal occupants.

  • Look closely at the perimeter of your land to ensure it is as secure as possible.

  • Restrict vehicle access by digging deep ditches.

  • Consider your personal safety before approaching any individuals.

  • The landowner can take proceedings to the county court to obtain a Court Order for the eviction of illegal occupants.


Illegal off-roading:



  • Improve boundary security through the use of fencing, bollards or gating, making the land less accessible to off-road vehicles.

  • Report incidents of illegal off-roading and if possible record vehicle details and descriptions of the people involved.

  • Consider using signage to reinforce the illegal aspect of this activity and to warn that trespassers will be prosecuted.

  • Consider your personal safety before approaching individuals.


 


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