Top tips to protect your home

Burglary rates are falling, thanks in part to Crimestoppers, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. But there is still plenty you can do to deter intruders.


Ten tips to deter would-be burglars

  • Always lock doors and windows when you leave the house for any length of time
  • Mortice locks, available from DIY shops, will add considerable strength to your doors
  • Keep car and garage keys hidden well out of sight in the home
  • If you’re going out for long periods of time, use timers on lights or radios to create the impression that someone is home
  • If it’s possible that previous tenants have keys to your house, change the locks when you move in and don’t give sets out to tradesmen
  • Don’t leave ladders or garden tools, which could be used to force entry, lying around outside for burglars to use
  • If you can’t see out of your front door before opening it, have a ‘spy hole’ or security chain fitted, to prevent intruders from forcing their way in
  • Chain link fencing, or trellises with prickly shrubs are more of a deterrent for burglars than solid fencing, which they are easily able to hide behind
  • Tagging your belongings with a ‘property-marking’ product means you’re more likely to get them back if they’re found by the police
  • Have locks fitted on all your windows and at the top and bottom of patio doors, to make them extra secure

Find out more at Crimestoppers


Crimestoppers logo25 years of Crimestoppers

This year, Crimestoppers is celebrating 25 years of helping solve burglaries and other crimes, including murder, arson and fraud. The charity was set up in January 1988 after the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during riots in Tottenham, north London, in 1985. Police struggled to get information, believing members of the public were too scared to come forward. The concept of creating a service where people can offer information about crime, completely anonymously, was a huge success. Since Crimestoppers began there have been 1.3 million actionable calls made to the service and 120,000 arrests as a result of those calls. As the charity celebrates reaching such a big milestone, we take a look at just some of the ways it has helped fight crime…

  • Over 120,000 arrests and charges have been made since 1988
  • Over 1.3 million actionable calls have been received since 1988
  • More than £125 million of goods have been recovered since 1988
  • More than £292 million of drugs have been seized since 1988
  • Around 22 people are arrested every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers
  • 26 cases are cleared up every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers
  • One person every seven days is charged with murder as a result of information given to Crimestoppers
  • In the last four years, the number of people arrested and charged as a result of Crimestoppers information has increased by 30 per cent
  • In 1988 Crimestoppers received just under 5,000 calls with useful information – last year over 95,000 pieces of such information were received
  • Since 1988, 980 people have been charged with murder/attempted murder with the help of Crimestoppers information
  • The ‘most wanted’ section of the website established in 2005 has resulted in 1,924 criminals being arrested
  • 49 fugitives believed to be on the run in Spain have been arrested as a result of the 65 appeals launched in the crime campaign Operation Captura
  • During the UK riots in 2011, the number of online forms received by Crimestoppers increased by 300 per cent
  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) ‘most wanted’ website was designed with the help of Crimestoppers and 75 per cent of convicted child sex offenders posted on the site have been found
  • Crimestoppers’ website receives an average of 145,000 unique visitors every month
  • There is a Crimestoppers 24/7 call bureau ensuring calls to 0800 555 111 can be answered around the clock, 24 hours every day
  • Around 40 per cent of the information the Crimestoppers call bureau receives is via the online ‘giving information’ form on our website
  • In 2010 Crimestoppers launched its new youth brand, Fearless where young people can get non-judgemental advice and information about crime
  • Crimestoppers has a presence across the UK largely thanks to their 44 regional volunteer committees
  • Crimestoppers has over 500 people volunteering in their spare time to help fight crime in the UK
  • The charity’s following on Twitter (@CrimestoppersUK) increased by 156 per cent during the six months from 1 December 2011 to 1 June 2012
  • Crimestoppers has established the Integrity Line for private companies to pass on information about crime and wrongdoing in their organisation
  • Last year, Crimestoppers launched a Just Text Giving service allowing anyone to give a donation by texting CSUK01 followed by their amount to 70070
  • In 2011, the charity launched its first ever product – the Crimestoppers Property Protector, a clear liquid solution that is used to mark your valuables. If you are burgled and police find your belongings, it will make it easier to return them to you. It costs £19.99 plus £2.99 p&p and for every pack bought, a donation goes to Crimestoppers

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