Crime Prevention Advice from West Yorkshire Police

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Crime Prevention Advice from West Yorkshire Police


Dear Occupier/Householder

A criminal is simply looking for the opportunity to commit crime, or is suddenly hit by a tempting situation. If we simply remove that opportunity and temptation and make it difficult for someone, then it is estimated that a staggering 90% of crime could be prevented.

Our aim is to prevent and detect crime. Please read the enclosed information which gives you advice on improving your home security to prevent and reduce crime.

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The first thing to think about is the space around your home and the garden. Don’t allow your garden to present opportunities for the criminal.

l Make sure neighbours can see your property by cutting back hedges, trees and


l Keep fencing below 6ft in height to allow uninterrupted surveillance. Trellis topping

also makes climbing difficult.

l Secure garden furniture to the ground and take photographs of it.

l Ladders and garden tools should be locked away, as they can be used by

offenders to gain access to your home.

l Consider defensive planting. The use of prickly plants create a physical and

psychological barrier and have proven to be a successful deterrent. Criminals know that a small item of ripped clothing or blood can help the Police identify them. Consider using the following plants:

l Berberis Stenophylla (Barberry) l Berberis Julianae (Barberry)

l Ilex Aquifolium ‘Ferox Argentea’ (Hedgehog Holly) l Mahonia Media ‘Winter Sun’

l Pyracantha Orange Glow (Firethorn)

l Chaenomeles X Superba ‘Crimson and Gold’ (Japonica)


Keep your property well lit during the hours of darkness:

l Make sure that existing lighting is maintained in working order. l If installing new lighting, West Yorkshire Police and the Home Office

recommend low wattage lights known as ‘dusk to dawn’ lighting.

Your Home

The crime prevention advice below is about perimeter security, the shell of the building and possible targets within the home. It is

recommended that where advice is given about security products that they comply with British or the equivalent European Standards.


The Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB)

Tel: 01628 637512 Web:

NACOSS (NSI) Inspectorate

Tel: 0191 2963242 Web:

Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms can be used to improve physical security measures in your home. They should be used as a deterrent and a means of summoning help if physical security is breached. Your system should meet European Standard EN50131 - 1

There are two main types of alarm systems:

Audible only- When the alarm is activated it operates an internal and/or external siren to attract attention to the property.

Remotely Monitored System- When the alarm is activated it sends a signal to a central monitoring station which will automatically call a keyholder of your choice, and if you require it, the police.

If you decide on a police response to your alarm it must be installed and maintained by a company that conforms to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) security systems policy. Currently only two such organisations are accepted by the police:


If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Two thirds of burglars gain entry through a door. Quality locks and bolts are only as strong as the door and the frame to which they are fitted. Wooden doors should be solid and at least 44mm (1 ¾ “) thick. Check that the frame is well fixed, and if weak or rotten replace it. Door frames can be strengthened with the use of metal strips screwed to the inside of the frame called ‘London’ or ‘Birmingham’ bars. Glass panels on or around doors are especially vulnerable, so it’s worth replacing them with laminated glass.

If you replace a door it is better to buy a new “door set” available in different materials certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 ‘Doors of Enhanced Security’. Bought as a complete kit, this shows that the door, frame, locks and fittings have been attack tested. Specify this standard if you are having replacement doors.

Fit 5 lever mortise deadlocks to British Standard BS3621 to all external wooden doors, which should be complimented with mortise bolts to the top and bottom of the door, including French doors.

UPVC door locks - The Eurocylinder should be a break secure cylinder conforming to TS007 or Sold Secure SS312 as shown opposite.


Patio doors should have the sliding section on the inside and have anti-lift blocks. Multi lock systems are recommended or install mortise security bolts with removable keys at the top and bottom of both doors.


Windows are popular with burglars, either by breaking glass or just being left open. If you are replacing windows make sure they are certified to British Standard BS7950 ‘Windows of Enhanced Security’. Consider using laminated glass in ground-floor and accessible windows such as those above a flat roof. Laminated glassholds together when shattered or when someone tries to break it. Ground floor, easy to reach windows, above a flat roof or near a drainpipe, should have locks unlessused as a fire escape. In this case laminated glass still provides security. Glazing can also be protected by adding accredited adhesive window film.

All types of window have locks available to enhance security.

Metlock Metal lock Sash Jammer



Always keep house and car keys in a safe place and out of view. Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window. Burglars have been known to use a fishing rod or magnet on a stick to steal them through the letterbox.

Property Marking

Permanently mark all your valuable property with one of the following methods:

l Ultra violet marker pen (House number & postcode) l DNA solution tested to standard LPS 1225.

l Stamping/Etching/Engraving (House number & postcode) l Register all valuables

Garden Sheds and Garages

Garages and garden sheds in particular are vulnerable to attack simply because of the construction of the building, so to keep your property secure please consider the recommendations below:

l Fit strong padlocks and hardware to shed and garage doors. Make sure padlocks

conform to British Standard BS EN12320.

l Fit locks or bars to windows.

l Lock ladders inside your garage or shed.

l Consider lockable steel boxes or anchor posts fitted to the floor to secure tools

and equipment.

l Garden tools and machinery should be permanently

marked with your postcode. (See property marking).

l Garden machinery, motor cycles and bicycles should be

secured inside the shed or garage using high tensile steel rope and high security closed shackle padlocks to British Standard BS EN12320 using ground anchors.

Is anybody in?

Most burglaries take place when the house is empty during the evening or in the hours of darkness. Use automatic timer switches to turn lights on when it gets dark, these can also be used to turn on other appliances such as radios.


CCTV can be used to enhance the physical security of your home. Careful consideration should be given to the type of system you install. The presence of CCTV should be supported by suitable signage. Make sure that all component parts are to British Standard BS EN 50132-7. The codes of practice in relation to CCTV are available on


Security Assessment

Present Condition

Main front/rear doors

1. Front - Wood


Solid core? Yes








2. Frame - good condition? Yes




3. Door viewer? Yes




4. Door chain/restrictor? Yes




5. Locks - 5-lever mortice lock/ Yes




Euro profile lock cylinder

9. Patio doors - additional security? Yes





10. Window locks on all windows? Yes




11. Louvre windows? Yes





12. Main entry/exit? Yes




13. External lighting? Yes




14. Internal timers? Yes





15. Intruder alarm? Yes




Reporting Officers Recommendations


Wooden doors should be in good repair and at least 44mm (13/4”) thick, and conform to PAS 24-1. Frames should be in good repair and well fixed. Frames can be strengthened around the locks with the use of metal strips called London & Birmingham bars. Door furniture should be fit for purpose. For UPVC doors consider enclosed security handles. All products should conform to the appropriate standard where applicable. I.E. Secured by Design standards, Sold Secure or relevant British or European Standard. Wooden doors should be in good repair and at least 44mm (13/4”) thick, and conform to PAS 24-1. Five lever mortised deadlocks conforming to BS3621 Euro profile lock cylinder to TS007 or Sold Secure SS312 Diamond Standard.

Mortised security bolts with removable keys to the top and bottom of a wooden door or sash jammers for UPVC

Install window locks certified to BS7950 windows of enhanced security, for UPVC install sash jammers. Consider glueing slats in place or install special window locks. Consider using laminated glass in ground floor and accessible windows, such as those above a flat roof.

The main entry/exit should be well lit.

Use high efficiency low energy lighting. Controlled by a dusk to dawn switch that comes on when it’s dark. Lights should be positioned above 2.5mtrs (8’ ) high. Fit 24hr timer switches to lamps to light up your home when you’re not in.

Recommend that intruder alarms are remotely monitored systems to EN50131-1.





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