Burglars like easy opportunities. If you can deny entry for 3 minutes or more – chances are the burglars will go elsewhere.
1 Are all your external doors properly fitted and equipped with appropriate secure locking systems
2 If you have glass panelled doors – are they reinforced in some way so that they cannot be shattered?
3 Have you a wide-angled viewer in your front/main entrance doors or other means of viewing callers?
4 Do you have a door chain / limiter fitted and do you use it?
5 Since moving into your home (where there may have been a previous occupier) have you had the locks changed?
6 Are your spare keys kept with a trusted neighbour
7 Do you lock your external doors when away from home, no matter how short a time?
8 Do you lock the doors out of your view when working in the garden / yard?
9 Have you installed an additional lock(s) to your patio doors?
10 Do you close and lock your garage / outhouse doors?
11 Are all your windows secure?
12 Do you check to see if all windows are secured when you leave your home?
1 Do you ask for identification before allowing unknown callers into your home?
2 Do you avoid leaving cash at home?
3 Have you automatic timers on some lights when your house is vacant?
4 Does your home always look like someone is at home?
5 Have you recorded serial numbers of your valuables?
6 Have you, for identification purposes, photographed your valuables especially items for which you have no serial numbers
7 Are your car / house keys kept in a location not visible from the outside?
1 Is your house number visible from the road / street?
2 Is there sufficient lighting around your home to allow viewing of any dark areas around it?
3 Do neighbours and passers-by have a clear view of your home?
4 Have you trimmed all hedges and shrubs so they can’t hide a burglar at work
5 Have you ever walked around your house looking for ways a burglar might be able to get in?
6 Do you keep tools or ladders etc. in places accessible to potential burglars?
7 Are machines, tools stored in garages or sheds securely padlocked or chained to prevent removal?
1 Have you a reliable neighbour whom you can notify of your travel plans and give a key to, with a
request for a periodic house check?
2 Do you have a neighbour collect your mail or newspapers when you are away
3 Do you cancel all deliveries?
4 Do you have your neighbour park his / her car in your driveway when you are away ?
5 Do you arrange to have your lawn mowed?
6 Do you notify the Gardaí of prolonged absences from your home?
1 Do you have an intruder alarm system fitted and do you use it?
2 Is it maintained and serviced annually?
3 Do you know how to operate and use your alarm system
4 Have you considered connecting it to a monitoring centre or your mobile phone?
Please do not hesitate to contact your Local Garda:
(Further information can be obtained from www.garda.ie)