KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE – DON'T MAKE IT EASY FOR INTRUDERS.1. LOCK IT: Most intruders love an opportunity; they look for them and thrive on them. Do ensure that all your windows and doors are securely locked when they are not in use.2. CREATE AN ILLUSION: If the house is unoccupied for extended periods of time, make sure it appears that someone is at home. Install timers on lights, a radio, the TV and ask a neighbour to collect your post, move bins and even your curtains. 3. KEEP IT HIDDEN: Nothing tempts a burglar more than easy pickings. House and car keys, mobile phones, laptops, notebooks and tablets, purses and wallets for instance should all be kept out of sight. Find a safe place to store them away from windows and doors. If you have especially valuable pieces on show it may also be wise to obscure them from view.4. LIGHT IT UP: For any intruder the thought of being seen and his identity revealed is enough to strike fear in his heart and cause him to think again. Install motion sensor and timer controlled external lights (even CCTV) in key positions around your property. Hedges and bushes provide excellent cover for burglars to creep around in, so do keep them well trimmed. 5. MAKE A NOISE: Nothing is more effective against preventing a break-in than a fitted alarm system with monitored options providing the best security. No intruder wants the sound of a ringing bell whilst he is going about his unsavoury business. In a Home Office Report undertaken in 2004 regarding the decision making of burglars, 84% said they would do their utmost to avoid entering a home with a fitted alarm system. As a word of caution, unwanted intruders may also know that 1 in 3 people will ignore a ringing bell because they think someone else will sort out the problem. Be extra safe and have your alarm system monitored. Burglars know which systems have this facility, so you can rest a little easier knowing that help will be on its way if you ever need it or the worst happens. So there you have it, 5 Top Tips to not only show burglars that you are serious about your home security, but to ensure you can make an informed decision when it comes to protecting all that matters to you.