Home security


Safeguarding your home against opportunist thieves can be as simple as ensuring doors and windows are locked and secure when you are not at home.

Make it difficult for the burglar

Reduce the risk of your home being burgled by making sure you’ve taken these simple (and often inexpensive) precautions.

Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves. In 2 out of 10 burglaries, they don’t even have to use force – they get in through an open door or window.

Fit strong locks to your doors and windows and make sure you always keep them fully locked.  If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors).

Look at your home through a burglar’s eyes, ask yourself:

  • how would you get in if you’d forgotten your keys?
  • if you can get in, so can a burglar
  • are there places where they could break in without being seen?
  • would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?

When you go on holiday make sure you inform a neighbour or your parish hall. Fill in the form below and drop it in.

 Householder contact form

Doors and windows

Look at your home through a burglar’s eyes: are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you got strong locks fitted on your doors and windows?

Unlocked windows and doors are a way in for 80% of opportunist burglars in Jersey. Lock up before you go out. 

  • fit key-operated window locks where possible to all downstairs windows, as well as all windows which can’t be seen from the street
  • fit a special louvre lock to any louvre windows - these windows are especially vulnerable because the slats can be removed easily from the frame
  • secure all doors and make sure door frames are in strong and good condition

Garage and garden security

Garages usually contain valuables and may even have an integral door which could offer a thief access to your home. Invest in a good alarm system and locks.  In your garden, be aware that items such as solar lights, garden furniture and even shrubs and water features can be attractive to thieves.

  • put trellising on top of fences and walls for further protection
  • gravel paths deter thieves because of the noise made while walking
  • never leave spare keys hidden in your garage, shed or garden
  • good lighting deters intruders: consider lights with dusk to dawn sensors

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