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do they have an appointment? Make sure the back door is locked – some thieves work in pairs with the other one sneaking in the back while you’re at the front door.

• Chain – put the door bar or chain on before you open the door.

• Check – check their identity carefully. Ask for an ID card. Close the door and check using a phone number from the phone book or a relevant bill, not the one on the card.

Around the Home Good lighting can put off a thief and the most appropriate is high-efficiency low-energy lighting, controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch. Lights that come on if they sense movement can be annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic. If you have these, make sure they are directed downwards.

Use time switches to turn on lights, radios and other appliances when you’re out, but don’t use them if they will show a burglar that you're out.

If you’re going away: • Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.

• Cut the lawn & so on before you go. • Don’t put your home address on luggage labels when travelling to your destination.

If you can, get a friend or neighbour to look after your home while you’re away.

Gardens, gates and fences Check for weak spots where a thief could get into your garden, for example, a low or sagging fence, or a back gate with a weak lock. A thorny hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off, but make sure that passers-by can still see the front of your home so that a burglar can’t work without being seen. Burglars don’t like gravel; it’s noisy to walk on.

Do not use barbed or razor wire, or broken glass – you could be held legally responsible for any injuries caused. You can get safer alternatives.

Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.

Consider having lockable steel boxes fitted to the floor to store your tools in, or anchor posts fitted to the floor to

secure larger tools and equipment. Burglar alarms

Consider whether you need an audible- only alarm (which sets off a siren or bell) or a monitored alarm (connected to a central 'listening' service). Due to the huge number of false alarms, police will only respond to audible alarms if there is confirmation of suspicious activity – such as a neighbour saying they saw someone or heard glass being broken.

For monitored systems, the monitoring company will check whether any alarm was false – for example, set off by the homeowners entering the wrong access code – and call out the police if necessary.

If you are thinking about installing a burglar alarm, you should do the following. • Get at least three quotes and specialist advice from companies registered with either the National Security Inspectorate or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board.

• Talk to your insurance company about the alarm companies they recommend.

• Get professional help to install and activate the alarm.

Mark your belongings with your postcode

Items should be visibly and permanently marked showing your postcode and the number of your house or flat or the first two letters of its name.

Only use an ultraviolet marker pen as other methods would reduce the value of the object.

Take pictures of all valuables like jewellery and write down details.

Burglary Packs are available free of charge at the States of Jersey Police Enquiry Desk, and contain stickers and ultra violet pens. The packs also have stickers to display in the front and back windows of your home to show that you have marked your belongings. Don’t leave empty boxes outside your home – they can give away details of new and valuable equipment.

If you are burgled Good security will reduce the chance of your home being burgled, but, in case

the worst happens, think now about how you would deal with the situation. If you’re in the house and you hear a burglar, how you react will be a personal choice and might depend on the situation – for example, whether you’re alone.

You could make a noise and hope it scares the burglar off, or you might prefer to keep quiet and hope the burglar doesn’t come into the room you’re in.

Many people now have a phone in their bedroom, but even if you do, take your mobile to bed with you. If someone breaks in, you can use it to call the police even if they’ve disconnected your normal phone.

If you get home and notice signs of a break-in: Don’t go in or shout as the burglar could still be inside.

Go to a neighbour’s to call the police – if you think the burglar is still inside, let the police know.

Don’t touch anything, you could destroy valuable evidence.

Be safe and be sensible The States of Jersey Police offers advice on preventing crime, improving your home and business security, and how to combat problems such as scams and anti- social behaviour.

For more information contact the States of Jersey Police Crime Reduction Officer Jeremy House on 01534 612612, or visit the Police Enquiry Desk at Police Headquarters, Rouge Bouillon, St Helier.

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