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Winter Crime Prevention advice

Alert message sent 16/09/2017 18:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Good evening,

As the PCSO for your area, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the following core Crime Prevention points, leading upto the winter months.

The darker winter nights, and particularly the period leading up to and over Christmas, present their own problems when it comes to crime.

Unexpected visitors

 Bogus Callers: pretending to be from a utilities company (water, gas, electricity, phone, even police).

 Distraction Burglars: one will keep you at your door with an excuse (eg, looking for an address or a lost ball/dog) while an accomplice commits the burglary round the back.

 Cold Callers: hard-sell sales reps who turn up without an appointment and wonʼt leave till you have signed a contract.

 Rogue Traders: unqualified workmen offering to do jobs on your home, usually for cash, often badly and very expensively.

Genuine unexpected visitors

  •  Utilities staff with ID regarding emergency repairs
  •  Political groups canvassing for election purposes
  •  Charity collectors with ID and charity number
  •  Emergency Services staff on production of warrant card or official identification
  •  Religious groups and carol singers
  •  People delivering business flyers

Whoever it is, before you answer the door, check all back doors and windows are closed - if itʼs a genuine caller, they wonʼt mind waiting a few extra seconds. If youʼre not sure, donʼt open the door!

Time for a security health check

  •  Check outdoor security lights and replace blown bulbs.
  •  Check padlocks, hasps and hinges on your outside doors for wear and tear, and replace them.
  •  Many people have freezers in the garage - Christmas food and alcohol is vulnerable - and donʼt forget new bicycles are also at risk!
  •  Has your house alarm been serviced recently?

If you donʼt have an alarm, you can always buy a battery operated single room alarm to protect your hallway, shed or garage.

Protecting your home while you are out

  •  Use timer switches to operate lights and radios tuned to a talk radio station in the house when you are out.
  •  Although the tree looks lovely in the window, donʼt leave the lights on and curtains open when you go out - and donʼt leave presents under the tree!
  • If you go on holiday, ask a neighbour or friend to pick up your post – they can also park their car on your drive
  •  After Christmas, dispose of boxes and packaging carefully - donʼt leave them on the roadside or on the top of the wheelie bin.
And always remember that if you need us, we are only a phone call away. Please call 101 or in an emergency 999.

Kind regards
PCSO 8951
Message sent by
Laura Hoggard (Police, PCSO, North)

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