County Durham is a safe place to live. Burglary levels in our county are low.
Keeping your home safe
Help play your part by putting into practice some simple security measures such as:
- Always lock your doors when you go out, even if you are only popping out for a short time. Burglary is quick - most thieves take less than five minutes to break in to your house, steal your property and leave.
- When you are out of the house make sure your home looks like there is someone in. Use timer switches on the lights and switch on a radio.
- Always keep keys in a safe place and away from windows and doors.
- If you are going away on holiday ask a relative, trusted friend or neighbour to look after your house while you are away. Ask them to open and close your curtains and collect your mail.
- Join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
- Most importantly - after you have fitted all your security devices use them. The most expensive lock doesn't stop a burglar if it isn't locked.
The Doorstep Code
- Always put the security chain on the door before opening it.
- Ask the caller who they are and where they are from.
- Ask to see some form of identification - take the card from them and examine it.
- Check with the company who they claim to be from, using a telephone number out of the phone book.
Remember - you do not have to let a stranger into your home even if they claim it is an emergency.
More tips and advice
Download our home security information leaflets for tips and advice on:
- Basic home security
- Bogus callers
- Shed security
- Going on holiday
- The Doorstep Code