Please see the following winter crime prevention information.
Shopping safely and sensibly
- Be aware of your belongings when youʼre in a crowd - there may be pickpockets around.
- Put your purse or wallet away before leaving the till - donʼt let staff or other customers rush you.
- Take care at the ATM - be wary of people standing too close for comfort – try and use an ATM inside the bank.
- If you shop online, check out the siteʼs payment methods and the security they offer - many sites can take orders over the phone if you donʼt want your details floating around in the ether.
Using the car . . .
- Park in a busy and well-lit area.
- Leave personal and valuable items at home.
- If you must have them in the car, store them in the boot before you leave.
- Donʼt store your bought goods in the car and then return to the shops for more - you donʼt know who may be watching in the car park.
- Late night shopping may be more convenient, but do take care and take someone with you if possible.
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 past – 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.
- 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!
Property marking – Why do it?
- Acts as a deterrent to thieves as it makes selling on stolen goods very difficult.
- Increases the chances of your property being returned to you.
- Helps the police build a strong case against the offender.
- Many different ways of property marking: UV pen: electrical items, bikes, etc. Etching: power tools and equipment. Smartwater: can be used on any item. Use your house number/name and postcode
Remember to register your valuables on