Community safety

Steps that may prevent Burglary

From Your Safer Neighbourhood Team


As the nights draw in, our streets are populated by trick or treaters and fireworks start to explode in the night sky, we are entering the peak time of the year for house burglary.  Don't become a victim of crime.  Taking some of the following steps may save you from being burgled:

  • Install a timer or leave a light on so that your home is not left in darkness when nobody's at home.
  • Always lock all of your windows and doors when you leave.
  • Don't leave anything valuable where it can be seen from outside.
  • Lock up your sheds and don't leave anything in your gardens that could be used to break into your homes.
  • Photograph your jewellery and mark your property. You can record serial numbers on
  • If you have expensive jewellery, install a wall mounted safe or consider a bank deposit box.
  • Look out for your neighbours. If you think a crime is taking place always call 999 straightaway.
The police in Merton would be glad to attend your home to provide a free crime prevention survey.  If you would like to take advantage of this service please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team inMerton.

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