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Home and garden security

Given the opportunity, thieves will target homes and gardens for valuable items, tools and money, which they can sell on or use in other crimes.

Kent Police works with organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch to issue crime prevention advice and encourage residents to keep a watchful eye out in their neighbourhoods to deter and report any criminal activity. Kent Police have issued further guidance around burglaries.

These guides outlines some simple steps you can take to improve the security of your home and garden, and reduce the opportunity for thieves:

There are several ways you can make sure your home safe for you and your family.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service » 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service provide a service to show you how you can minimise the risk of fire and smoke damage to you and your property.

Senior Safety and HandyVan schemes »

The Senior Safety scheme run by Age UK provides free installation of safety and security products in eligible clients' homes.

The aids can include door and window locks, and smoke detectors. There is also a 24-hour response service called Senior Link for older people needing help in an emergency or assistance when answering a door to strangers. For this scheme equipment is installed free of charge for eligible older people but a small weekly charge is levied for monitoring and maintenance.

The HandyVans are the vehicles used by the fitters who travel to clients' homes to review their safety and security needs and carry out the required work.