Most people take steps to lock their home and car, and take care of important items.
We do. How about you?
Burglars are often opportunists who will target an open window, an unlocked door or valuables on display if they think they can get away with it.
Did you know? Most burglaries happen on weekdays, in daylight, when you're more likely to be out.
Most people lock up before they leave
- double-lock uPVC doors and windows
- keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view
- use timer switches on lights and radios to make it look like someone is home
- keep garden gates locked and garden boundaries secure
- lock sheds and garages - bikes, tools and garden items could be stolen or used to break into your home
- watch our video Burglary - keep your home safe
Most people protect important items
- security-mark items including bikes, mobiles and laptops
- keep receipts, IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe
- photograph and insure expensive or unique items including jewellery and heirlooms
- install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank.
- register important items for free at www.immobilise.com –
this can help us return them to you if they're recovered.
Most people keep their car safe
As well as locking and alarming the vehicle, they also:
- remove any items left inside – a thief will know to check the glove box and boot
- keep car keys somewhere safe at home
- park in a garage, secure car park or well-lit location in view from your home if possible.
Do you open the door to unexpected visitors?
You don’t have to. Most people are genuine, but if you have any concerns you can also:
- lock the rest of your house before opening the door
- use a spy hole and keychain to see who is calling
- ask to see their ID and call the company to check they're who they say they are by finding the number yourself.
- stay with them while they're at your door or inside your home
- ask them to call back later if you're worried and would like to arrange for someone to be with you
- find out more about bogus callers and how to protect yourself in our bogus caller and rogue trader section.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes are groups of volunteers who work with the police and local council in the battle against crime. They give safety advice relating to a specific area and make sure elderly or vulnerable people aren't targets for criminals.
Join your nearest Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Have you been burgled?
We now release images of all the recovered and seized items we have. If you've been a victim of burglary and have yet to receive your items back take a look to see if you recognise any.
Each image has a reference number and number to call for more information.
View our 'Most Wanted' gallery
All the people pictured in our gallery are wanted in connection with a range of offences in the county.
If you're shown, hand yourself in to the nearest police station immediately.
Residents - if you know where someone may be or have any information that may help, please call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting the reference beside the picture.
Thank you for your help.