As summer beckons and days become warmer it can be tempting to leave windows open, but bear in mind if you have expensive items on display, or allow easy access, you may become a target for burglars.

Thames Valley Police has had a number of burglaries reported around Reading, often with entry through open windows. However, there is no need to be alarmed if you take care to secure your house and your valuables.

Please find some tips and advice below.

Tips on keeping your home and belongings secure

  • Always remember to lock your doors and windows when you leave your house.
  • Do not leave downstairs or easily accessible windows open at night, unless attended.
  • Keep laptops, valuables and cash out of sight.
  • Use security cable kits to secure computers, printers and so on to the desk.
  • Mark your valuables with a UV light to deter burglars and record them free of charge using one of the accredited property databases to prove ownership. Find out more.
  • Read the Thames Valley Police Home Security Guide, which has detailed information on how to keep your home and valuables secure.
  • Follow our advice on keeping your bicycles and cars secure. Ensure you use an approved lock such as a ‘D-Lock’ for your bicycle and register it on Bike Register.
  • Read the University’s Security team guidance on personal safety.