Here are some ways you for you to protect your home and "Beat the Burglar"
You can prevent and limit a home intrusion on 2 levels:
If you're going away on holiday make sure the post doesn't pile up - a dead giveaway that no one is home. If you have a neighbor you trust ask them to pick it up for you or use the Royal Mail's Keepsafe service for a fee.
Make sure that your social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter don't give away your travel dates or address. It could reach unintended audiences so it's probably best to share your holiday news once you're back at home.
Install locks on the door and windows. Always lock your shed properly - not only can the contents of the shed be stolen but it may contain tools that a thief can use to break into your property!
Make sure things like wheelie bins and garden furniture are out of the way or tied up so that they can't be used to give thieves help to access an upper floor window.
If you can, mark your possessions in a way that can lead them back to you should they be stolen. You could write your postcode and house number. If your property is easily identifiable as yours it makes it harder to sell which is deters burglars.
Ask your local Neighbourhood Watch or the Safer Neighbourhood team at your local police station for help with this. To find your nearest branch visit: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk.
Don't leave a spare key somewhere obvious like under the door mat. If you've forgotten your keys and can still get into your house then so can someone unsavoury!