Here at Let-Leeds we care about our tenants. It’s important to us that our Tenants feel safe, secure and ultimately, happy, in their home.
We know that burglaries can be extremely distressing for our tenants, and that’s why, with the help of Leeds City Council, and West Yorkshire Police, we are launching our latest campaign aimed at raising awareness of burglary threats and how best to protect yourself from being burgled.
Our campaign highlights the key areas that criminals look for when trying to gain entry to properties, which you can use to protect yourself from becoming a victim, especially on the run up to Christmas when burglars are on the alert for easy opportunities.
Lock windows/doors – sometimes the simplest mistake can be all it takes. By closing and locking your windows and doors at night and when you’re out of the house, you can stop inquisitive criminals gaining easy access and making off with your valuables.
Hide in plain sight – making sure that your valuables aren’t in easy view of windows is a great way to keep opportunity thieves at bay.
Make the house look busy – having the lights on, or leaving on a television or radio can make an empty house look occupied, potentially deterring any intruders from entering your property.
Use what you’ve got – if your property has an alarm, use it. Even if you’re in a rush, the extra minute you gain by not setting it definitely doesn’t outweigh the costs if you end up being burgled.
Use the garage – if you’re lucky enough to have off road or specialised parking, use it! Sometimes, a nice car can be a sign that you’ll have more valuables inside.
Holiday precautions – if you’re going to be away for a few days, get someone you can trust to sort your mail and make the house looked occupied during the week, as a build-up of leaflets/takeaway menus in the letterbox is a sure sign that people are away, making the house an easy target.
As a part of our campaign, Let-Leeds is visiting properties in the run up to Christmas and will be leaving ‘Lock them Out’ hooks on the back of our tenants doors, as well as giving out burglary prevention information packs to better help our tenants protect themselves and their valuables. If you would like one of these packs, or have any concerns for security, you can contact our office on 0113 244 5669.