Keep doors, windows and gates locked at all times.
Lock up valuable items outside the home, such as bikes ,and store garden equipment in a locked shed inside your garden rather than in an unsecured garage.
If you are going away, don't announce holiday plans on social- network sites.
Keep high-value possessions such as jewellery and cash in a bolted safe or rent a bank locker.
Cancel your newspaper delivery while you are away.
Ask a friend to remove any flyers left outside your door, to move your car regularly and get it washed. A dusty car is a big signal that you are away.
Install a timer switch to turn on lights and the TV for a few hours a day.
If you are very concerned, install a security camera or motion-sensitive lights and alarms that can alert security in your compound or the police.
Only give spare keys to trusted friends.
Don't rely on domestic help to take care of your security unless it is a trusted employee who has your best interests at heart.
Register your property with the police while you are away. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi Police have home-security programmes.
Be careful what the outside of your house says about the inside. Flamboyant ornaments, for example, may indicate greater riches inside.