Helping to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
Ultra Violet pens, or Security Marking Pens as they are sometimes called are a tool designed to protect your property.
The basic idea is that you draw an identifiable symbol or postcode onto your valuable items, if they are stolen and subsequently recovered the authorities can use a Ultra Violet light to search for your identification.
1. Burglars can be put off by a thorny hedge or prickly plants such as this prickly, but beautiful holly tree . These can also look nice, but can be a real deterrent.
2. A Gravel path is noisy and could draw attention to a burglar. Gravel is one crime prevention technique that is easy to install, effective and can be a true deterrent.
3. When trying to secure a fence from being jumped or climbed over don't use barbed or razor wire or broken glass – you could be held responsible for any injuries to members of the public, even if they are were going to break into your home. Sometimes a weak trellis is better, as this makes it hard for the burglar to climb over the fence.
4. Have a look at your garden, try and identify any weak spots, e.g. weak fences or locks and replace them. Ask yourself, if I were a burglar where would I target? Bolts can be effective and don't need to be expensive, just like this 6" Bolt for only a few pounds
5. Fit strong lockable high garden gates across passageways to prevent access to a burglar.
6. Look for any areas that could use additional lighting. Security lighting should make offenders feel vulnerable and observed. The aim of security lighting is to illuminate high-risk areas and allow occupiers to see any approaching persons. One of the main problems with effective security lighting is the need for extending mains power supplies. There is a good range of solar powered security lighting that does not need a mains power source, read Amazons customer solar security light reviews here.
1. See the mycrimeprevention.co.uk guide to preventing distraction and bogus official burglaries. This specialist guide provides information about 'bogus officials' and 'distraction burglars', who they are and how they operate. This is a must read for anyone knows elderly or vulnerable members of the community.
2. Never leave a spare key hidden in a pot, under a stone, behind a loose brick etc – these places are well known to burglars who will check.
3. Don't leave your car or house keys near a door or window; these can be stolen with fishing rods or magnets. Criminals have used fishing rods or poles with magnets attached to them which they put through a letter box or an open window and then use to hook car or house keys – be aware of this issue.
4. After moving house change your door locks – other people may have a key to the property.
5. If you're out or going away use an automatic timer to turn lights, radios or other appliances on when it goes dark low cost light timer switches may be a help.
fake tv is another product that could be used; this makes it look as if your TV is on and somebody is home.
6. Don't leave your curtains closed during the daytime as it could indicate your house is empty.
7. Ask a trusted friend to collect mail / turn lights on and off if you are going away. Criminals may look for houses with a build up of mail, newspaper or milk deliveries and target these properties.
8. Cancel milk, newspaper and other regular deliveries if you are going away for any period of time.
9. If you are going away consider leaving important documents and valuable items with a trusted person, bank or use your own safe.
10. Don't leave empty boxes of high value goods like laptops outside your home – this advertises the fact you may have just bought an expensive item and a burglar may see this as an opportunity to break into your home knowing you have valued goods inside.
11. Don't buy stolen goods – this creates a market for criminals.
12. Visibly mark property with your postcode, house number and first two letters of your name. If goods are visibly marked offenders may be deterred from stealing them as it is obvious to potential buyers that the goods are stolen. SmartWater is a good alternative to a standard UV pen, get a 10% SmartWater discount here.
13. Use a safe for jewellery, watches and cash.
14. If you see anyone acting suspiciously report it to the Police using the 999 or 101 system. The Police can only act on information they are aware of. Reporting suspicious incidents may help them reduce burglary crime.
15. Consider joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, visit www.neighbourhoodwatch.uk.com or visit your local Police station.
16. If you are purchasing a new burglar alarm consider a remote signalling alarm, with intruder alarms terminating at approved central monitoring stations.
17. Take a clear, colour photograph of your property and make a written record of make, model, description and features so you can report it accurately if it is stolen. Alternatively take a video of each room showing property stored, this can be used to help identify stolen property, or may be useful to insurance companies.
18. If you have been a victim of burglary report it to your local Police. If the Police are not aware of the problem they will not be able to focus resources into preventing further victims.
1. 1 in every 3 students becomes a victim of crime according to crimestoppers.
2. Keep laptops and other CRAVED products out of sight, especially in ground floor rooms.
3. High value goods should be taken home during holidays or ask your university if they have a secure storage scheme. Criminals know when students go home for holidays and will target properties then.
4. Ask the landlord to fit a door phone entry system if you live in a communal block. If your Landlord is not immediately keen on this idea, explain the expense of providing this could be a selling point for the property when he comes to renting the property out the year after.
5. If you have a door phone entry system ensure you use it and know who you're letting in.
6. If you live in rented property ask your landlord to make improvements to security. New window locks may be cheaper to fit than replacing a window.
7. Ensure you have insurance. Home contents insurance will be needed – you may be able to extend your parents policy.
8. Students in halls of residence should always lock doors, even if you are just leaving your room for a short time. Unknown people may be inside your Halls.
9. Take a clear, colour photograph of your property and make a written record of make, model, description and features so you can report it accurately if it is stolen. Alternatively take a video of each room showing property stored, this can be used to help identify stolen property, or may be useful to insurance companies.
10. If you have been a victim of burglary theft report it to your local Police. If the Police are not aware of the problem they will not be able to focus resources into preventing further victims.
1. Keep your doors secure, even when you're at home.
2. Fit a low cost door chain, these cost a few pounds and are easy to fit.
or if you want a bit more security a home security bar could provide extra security.
3. Consider a peephole viewer camera so you can see who is at the door. These devices fit onto the inside of a door using the spy hole and provide a clear image of people who may be calling at your door. This can provide added reassurance and security, especially for older or vulnerable people.
4. Make sure your door frames and the doors themselves are in good condition.
5. Check door hinges are sturdy and securely fitted with strong long screws; hinge bolts could also be fitted.
6. Consider fitting a Letterbox Cage – these prevent burglars putting their hands or specially adapted tools through the letterbox to open the door or steal keys.
7. Fit mortice deadlocks – British Standard BS3621 about a third of the way up the door.
8. Patio doors are especially vulnerable, if you are buying patio doors ask for the sliding section to be on the inside and for anti-lift blocks.
Multi-lock systems are sometimes recommended.
9. Existing patio doors can be fitted with additional security bolts to prevent a forced entry.
10. If you are replacing your doors make sure it is to British Standard PAS24-1: 1999 – doors of enhanced security
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