Burglars act on impulse and see an un-lit property as an opportunity. They may even check a property over a period of time to check for patterns of activity. This is especially problematic in the autumn when the nights draw in.
Giving the impression that someone is in can help to deter burglars.
- Use light timers – an illuminated home is less likely to stand out to burglars.
- Think about how you live. A single light in the hall is not likely to persuade anyone that you are home. Setting timers in different rooms give a much more convincing impression.
- If you are away for a long period of time, set timers to come on for short periods of time.
- There are several devices that imitate the light coming from a TV.
- Noise from a radio can also add life to an empty property.
Good external lighting can help prevent burglars from hiding in the dark and make approaching your home unseen much more difficult.
We recommend dusk till dawn lights in most circumstances. This energy efficient lighting is low wattage and casts a gentle and even light over an area. Place at head height to the side of external doors, above porches or on the gable end.
Motion senor activated lights alert people that someone may be in the back garden. You can adjust them to avoid false activations. Install 2.75M high and ensure the power does not exceed 150W.
- Only a qualified electrician should install your external lighting.
- Never allow the cast of your lighting to interfere with traffic on nearby roads.
- Never allow your lighting to be activated by movement in the gardens of neighbouring properties or cast its light into them. Not only can this cause annoyance but can also disturb wildlife.
- Never install lighting so that is shines into other people’s property.
- Never install in a location where criminals could hide in the darkness beyond it. Your lighting should create an even cast of light with no strong pooling or shadowing.
If you have been a victim of a burglary, call 101 or report it online.
If a burglary is in progress and you are in immediate danger, call 999.
More help and support
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08 Aug 19 3:53 PM