Securing your property
This is an extract from Oxford City Council's Houses in Mutliple Occupation Landlord's Guide.
Entry by intruders:
- Houses should be capable of being secured to deter against unauthorised entry.
- Windows and doors should be robust and fitted with adequate security.
- Externally, the curtilage of the property should be restricted and be properly gated. Sheds or outbuildings should be maintained in good order and made secure.
If you believe that the security in your house doesn't meet this standard, contact the Council's HMO Enforcement Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find further information on this via this checklist from Tenant's Voice.
If you want further advice, please contact the Advice Service on email@example.com or 01865 484770.
Keeping your home safe:
This is taken from Thames Valley Police's tips on keeping your home safe.
"Burglars are often opportunistic thieves who prey on houses and flats. They seek out any opening that they can take advantage of, specifically doors and windows that are left open or unlocked or are easy to force. Anything of value that they might spot through a window will only spur them on. But it really doesn’t take much to deter these thieves – just smart thinking.
- Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door
- Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit. Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays
- Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passerby then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle
- Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence
- Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home
- It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in. Even more reason for you to ensure you keep your home as safe as houses"
You can find further information from Thames Valley Police on how to secure your property here.