Helping to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
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.
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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.
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