During the winter months, we want you to
Don't give thieves and burglars the opportunity to make you
become a victim of crime.
- Don’t make yourself a target. Keep your mobile telephone and
other valuables out of sight
- The chances of a lost or stole telephone being returned to you
are far greater if they are registered with http://www.immobilise.com/
Register yours for free NOW. It only takes a couple of minutes
- Avoid remote areas. If you can’t avoid one, walk with friends
or stick to well-lit areas
- Never carry excessive cash
- Carry handbags close to your body with the clasp facing
inwards. If someone tries to grab your bag let go, rather than get
- Don’t hitch-hike or take lifts from strangers. If you need a
lift plan it in advance
- If you think someone is following you go to the nearest place
where there is a lot of people and call police
- Consider purchasing a personal attack alarm that continues to
sound if dropped
Protecting Your Vehicle
- Do not leave keys in cars whilst they are left unattended
- Keep keys out of sight at night, rather than on a hook or table
by the door
- Double lock UPVC front doors
- If you have a garage, put your car in it
- Ensure vehicle doors, windows and the sunroof are locked
- Use security lights
- When out and about try to park in well lit and busy
- Always remove equipment like sat-navs and the cradle
- Never leave valuables on display, including coats
- If you are going shopping do not leave your purchases in your
car while you go back for more - thieves could be watching
Protecting Your Property
- Use your lights – keep them on a timer. Make sure they are
switched on early even if you leave them on whilst going shopping
or on the school run. And remember; use the lights in a main room
and not in the hall way so it looks like someone is home.
- Keep your radio switch on and tuned in to a talk station so it
sounds like someone is at home.
- Make sure your doors are securely locked at all times. If you
have UPVC door make sure they are double locked.
- Lock all windows and fit restricters – thieves can wriggle
through any gap larger than a human head.
- Fit locks at the top and bottom of patio doors.
- Visible alarms make burglars think twice – make sure you switch
them on when you go out.
- Never leave garages or sheds unlocked.
- Check for weak spots and sagging fences on your boundary.
- Stop a thief from getting into the back of the house where he
can work unseen by fitting a strong, high gate across a side
- Be alert to strangers loitering in the street. If you
don’t recognise them or they are acting suspiciously, call the
police on 101.