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Winter Crime Prevention Information

Alert message sent 03/10/2017 16:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police


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.

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!

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

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Zoe Taylor (Police, PCSO, North)

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