Don't Make It Easy For Thieves

Don't make it easy for thieves is the message from South Yorkshire Police.

Thieves are regularly on the lookout for opportunities to strike and steal your valuables.

On this page, you will find loads of tips and advice to help prevent you being a victim of a burglary or theft. You can also read advice messages on our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #DontMakeItEasy.

Don't invite burglars into your open house

Follow our tips below to reduce the risk of your home being burgled:

  • Always ensure your doors and windows are locked, even if your're just in the next room
  • Consider using a UV or permanent marker to mark your property. Mark valuables with your postcode, house number or name and register them on
  • Keep valuables and car keys out of view and away from doors and windows
  • Consider using timer or sensor switches on your lights when you are out to make it look like someone's at home. You could also consider fitting exterior lighting with sensors
    If you have a burglar alarm make sure you use it when you go out and consider having effective window locks fitted.  Upgrade to Euro locks, Click here for advice about locks
  • If you don't have a burglar alarm, consider installing one. Get at least three quotes and seek specialist advice from companies who are registered with either the National Security Inspectorate (01628 637512) or Security systems and Alarm Inspection Board (0191 2963242).
  • Consider fitting CCTV systems
  • Consider joining a neighbourhood watch scheme if you have one in your area. If not, think about setting one up with local residents
  • Don't advertise on social media that your property is going to be empty over the festive period. Thieves look our for this kind of information and could target your property
  • Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will signal to burglars that you have new and valuable items in the house.  

Burglary Tool Kit

This booklet has been produced to offer you specialist advice and crime prevention guidance, to protect your home and your property.

Personal safety advice

Here's some advice on preventing theft of valuables such as phones and purses increases. Remember thieves don't need it gift wrapping!


These phone shaped leaflets remind people to look after their phone. 


Have a look at the tips below to help prevent you being a victim of a theft. 

  • Stay alert - awareness is your best defence
  • Trust your instincts - if you think something is wrong, then act on it
  • Wearing earphones is common practice these days and can make walks or jogging more entertaining, however be aware the earphones may appear attractive to potential attackers and reduce your alertness to your surroundings
  • If you are carrying a bag make sure the clasp is facing inwards, all zips are closed correctly and all pockets closed. If your bag is snatched let it go, your safety is more important than your property
  • If you have expensive items on you such as jewellery, mobile phone, purse or wallet keep it out of sight
  • If you are threatened by a person, scream and shout, set off a personal attack alarm to startle the attacker as this will give you vital seconds to escape. Try to make a note of details such as registration plates, clothing, height etc. and then report the incident to the police.

In an emergency always call 999.

For non-emergencies or if you have information about an incident call us on 101.


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