Home and garden security

Domestic burglary is a distressing and devastating crime which can have a significant impact on the whole family. It can take a long time to come to terms with the loss of personal possessions, as well as the loss of confidence that a stranger has been in your home.

Thames Valley Police works hard to reduce burglary offences year on year. There are, however, actions that householders can take to reduce the risk of being burgled further. Often many homes are left insecure with doors and windows left open or unlocked, which provide easy access for a thief.

Many burglars are opportunist thieves looking for homes or business premises that offer them the least risk of getting caught.

The majority of burglaries can be prevented by taking simple security measures.

This section provides you with the crime prevention advice that you need to ensure your home is as secure as it can be.