Tackling Burglary is a force priority. Recent statistics show that over 60% of burglaries are via insecure properties with Burglars getting access to homes via open windows and unlocked doors. To prevent your home being an easy target for thieves, please take some time now to assess the security of your home. The following advice below will greatly help to keep your home and posessions safe.
Top Tips to keep your house safe
• Lock doors & windows before you go out
• Remove keys from locks & keep out of reach of windows & doors
• Ensure side gates & sheds are locked
• Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
• Consider fitting a burglar alarm & low energy dusk to dawn lighting, check regularly to ensure they work
• Ensure your house is secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden
• Postcode your valuables with a UV pen, consider registering them on www.immobilise.com
• Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night
• Look out for your neighbour’s property
• Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
• Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday
• Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID
Select Here for further information on Home Security including useful links, tips, and examples. Includes information on: Sheds & Garages, Exterior Lighting, Doors, Windows, Property Marking Systems, and Intruder Alarms.
You can also visit www.thecrimepreventionwebsite.com who have some useful hints and tips.
Have you considered 'Secured by Design'?
Select Here to learn more about the national initiative to encourage good security in the built environment.
How Secure is Your Shed? Don't be Fools, Secure Your Tools
Police often find that as Spring approaches and the grass begins to grow, crime also starts to
grow as garden sheds become a target for thieves. People often do not realise just how much
the property in their shed is worth. How secure is your shed and the property inside it? Consider
some, or all, of these tips, depending on how valuable your shed’s contents are to you.
Select Here for a handy tips poster and see below for further Crime Prevention Advice.
• Reassess your outbuilding security – delaying the thief will help deter them. Put measures in place to slow them down or increase the chance they will be seen or heard.
• Target hardening – ensure locking points are appropriate for the building and there are no weak points.
• Install alarms – even if there are no services in the building, there are systems that are available which are battery operated which will send texts or call you on activation.
• Lighting may be appropriate but only if there are neighbouring properties, passers-by or CCTV to observe – lighting otherwise may only help the thief.
• CCTV – can be useful but not always appropriate.
• Tools and equipment should be secured within the outbuilding either in a fixed cabinet/store or security chained to a immoveable object.
• Reduce the payoff to the thief by visibly marking – engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking. It’s harder to sell on property that obviously belongs to someone else.
• Photograph your equipment & take a note of serial numbers which makes it easier for police to identify property & link the offender to the crime.
• Remove it if you can’t secure it.
• Check that your insurance gives you the level of cover you need for your tools and equipment.
• Make a note of any suspicious persons or vehicles coming on to your site – thieves will often check out the area beforehand.
• Remember if you are offered a cheap deal that’s a bargain, is it stolen? Handling stolen goods is an offence.
Security Risks of Social Networks
"Having a great time with the family on my holidays in Spain. Weather is excellent and here for two weeks."
If your Privacy settings have not been locked down correctly to the people you trust and the week before you had Geo tagged your post with you home location when sending out a: "Chilling at home after a hard day at work."
You have just in effect given potential burglars lots of very helpful information!
Select Here for some further information on how Burglars are using social media.
Select Here for a link to the Master Locksmiths Association website.
Treat every stranger with caution
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Caravan Park Safety Advice Materials
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Advice letter from Neighbourhood Watch Association
If you require any further advice you can ask to speak to your Local Officer on our non-emergency number 101.