What can you do to help keep your homes and property safe from burglars?
Once you register with us, you will receive your Neighbourhood Watch Window Sticker and No Cold Calling Sticker. Displaying these prominently and well positioned external sensor lights helps to deter would be burglars and unwanted visitors.
Using time switches on lights and radio when the house is empty helps to give the impression of someone at home.
Consider installing a home security alarm and upgrading your locks on outbuildings.
SmartWater is suitable for the marking of all manner of valuables including personal possessions and business assets. The traceable liquid carries a forensic ‘code’ which is registered to an address or location. Once applied it is almost impossible to remove and can only be seen under UV light. Forensic analysis provides conclusive proof of ownership. Bedford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association have negotiated an extremely favourable rate for supply. The marking kit suitable for the contents of an average household is available for a £15 one off fee and is available by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UV Marking Pens
UV marking pens can be used to mark your property with your postcode and house number. They use an invisible ink which is only visible under UV lighting. This can help the Police identify and return stolen property. These pens are free to Registered Members.
Photograph your valuables
Taking photographs of your most valuable items, such as jewellery, paintings or antiques, is very effective, particularly if your item has distinguishing characteristics.
For best results:
Cycle/Mobility Scooter Marking
There are opportunities for cycle marking events. We can help you arrange one in your area.
Nominated Neighbour Scheme
Looks to protect older and/or more vulnerable people often living alone in their own home. If an unrecognised caller comes to their door, rather than open the door, the vulnerable person will hold up a card at the window asking the caller to contact their nominated neighbour, who can then check the caller’s identity. We can supply kits on request.
These are free to all persons living at home who may feel reassured to know that essential information needed in a sudden crisis or illness is available in one place.
- Use a non- reflective background.
- Put a ruler next to the item to promote a sense of scale.
- Make sure there is enough light.
- Make sure the object is in focus.
- Keep the pictures in a safe place and separate from the objects.
- Consider storing a second copy with a relative or friend.
These pots hold this information and lives in the fridge. They come with two stickers; one for inside your front door and one on the fridge door.
The scheme ensures that vital information is available, not only to identify you, but also advise the emergency services of relevant illnesses, allergies, medication and contact numbers. These are free to all Members.
Secure French doors and conservatories with Patlock
The Patlock is easy to fit and works by holding then door handles in place. Ensuring the door mechanism cannot be opened, even if the locks are snapped or removed. Buy the Neighbourhood Watch Patlock at our exclusive price of £42.50* (including VAT and delivery) at: www.ourwatch.org.uk
*Normal retail price is £64.00
The Bobby Scheme
The Bobby Scheme is available for people over the age of 65, the vulnerable or those that are disabled. The Bobby Team will attend your home and carry out a survey, identifying any areas which may be vulnerable to crime. Where appropriate, the staff will improve your security with locks, door chains and viewers. The "Bobbies" are all qualified carpenters, who have helped over 20,000 Bedfordshire residents in improving their Home Security. You can request a visit by contacting the Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust office on (01234) 842 619, or by using our (online form), and a member of their staff will get back to you.
Use “Immobilise” to register your bigger valuables on line for free, such as mobile phones, electrical items and bicycles etc. This is a secure website and Police can check the database against recovered property and establish the rightful owner.