Safety begins at home :
Install an outside light above the front door 50 that you can see callers clearly after dark.
Use a door viewer and ask the caller's name every time you answer the door, do not open the door until you are sure who is there and that you to see him or her.
if the caller if a stranger, always use a door chain or limiter when you open the door.
If the caller claims to be an official public service employee, postman. Are even the police open the door with the chain in place and ask for proof of identity. Take your time examining any document and satisfy yourself that it is genuine.
If you are in any doubt, ask the person either to wait or to come back later so that you can ring the company he or she claims to represent for verification.
If the caller is abusive or in any way suspecting 100 or 299/999 immediately and inform the police. Give the most detailed description of the caller that you can.
If a stranger asks to use your telephone in an emergency, offer to make the call yourself while he waits out side.
If you think that some one is tying to break into your home at any time, ring the police.Do not place advertisements in the newspaper or local shop window that would result in people calling at your, home when you might be there alone.
If your are trying to sell or rent your home, do not show prospective buyers or tenants around on your own.
Insist that an estate agents representative accompanies them or ask a friend or neighbor to join you.
Have your door keys out and ready to use. Have a light on outside when you return home after dark.
Keep garden plants trimmed so that they can not conceal an intruder. As you approach your door have a good look in all directions before putting your key in the lock. Let yourself in promptly and lock the door behind you.
If there are signs of intrusion, do not go in.
Never hide keys outside.
Avoid lending keys to workmen.
Do not leave spare keys with the building porter unless you want to, you are not obligated to do so.
Replace the locks immediately if the keys to your home are lost or stolen.
If you habitually lock yourself out, keep a spare, unmarked set of keys in a safe place at work with a trusted neighbor.