1. Keep your keys away from windows and doors Don't leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows. 2. Lock your windows and doors Via content.met.police.uk Sounds simple doesn't it? But you'd be amazed at the number of people who leave windows and doors unlocked. 3. Make it look like someone is home Via content.met.police.uk If you go out make it look like someone is home. Install timer switches linked to lights or a radio . 4. Install a visible burglar alarm Via content.met.police.uk A visible burglar alarm is a powerful deterrent. 5. If you're going away cancel milk and mail Via content.met.police.uk Cancel deliveries such as papers, milk and other items if you know you will be away for a while. 6. Lock away garden ladders and tools Via content.met.police.uk Burglars will often use ladders and garden tools to break into your property. Keep them secure and locked away in a garage or shed. 7. Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins behind them Side gates are an easy way to gain access to your property, especially if they're left unlocked. 8. Buy a safe Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items. 9. Install outdoor lights Via content.met.police.uk Increase visibility at night to deter burglars. 10. Register your valaubles at immobilise.com Via content.met.police.uk Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register them at immobilise.com.