POLICE say home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled.
A lot of burglaries are spur of the moment, as a burglar may see an open opportunity and take their chance.
They advise residents to securely lock all doors and windows before leaving the house, never leave keys anywhere near the front door, including your letterbox and make sure your home looks occupied by using automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark.
If you are going to be away for longer periods of time, cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.
Fit padlocks and additional hardware to shed and garage doors and ask a trusted neighbour or relative for help.
Ask them if they could clear the post away from the door mat and open and close the curtains whilst you are away.
Security lighting can be used to make offenders feel vulnerable and observed. It is suggested that you use dusk to dawn lighting.
Visible burglar alarms are also a deterrent.