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Seasonal Safety - Winter



Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding residents to make sure they keep their homes secure during the winter months.

Burglars always prefer to target homes that are empty and, as the evenings start to get darker earlier, many homes are left in darkness when people are out in the late afternoon and early evening. This can indicate that a home is empty and make it more likely to be targeted.

Residents should take the following steps to help keep their homes secure and valuables safe:


  • Use timer switches on lamps so that they turn on automatically as it gets dark in the evenings, giving your home a ‘lived-in’ look.
  • Make a habit of checking that ground floor windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the house or go to bed. Upstairs windows should be locked when the house is unoccupied.
  • PVCu doors must be locked by lifting the handle and using the key to ensure all the security features are in place.
  • Car and house keys should be kept out of sight in a safe place. Don’t leave them on display on window sills, in porches, hallways or kitchens.
  • Secure your rear garden by shutting and locking any gates. Burglars can use garden tools to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use.


Winter Health Advice For Residents

Cold and wintry conditions, combined with shorter days, can make many of us feel poorly. However, with a few simple precautions, most people can be ready for the really cold weather and avoid much of the misery associated with it.


Information and advice on winter health can be found at www.hertsdirect.org/winterhealth.





  • If paying for goods online this Christmas ensure that the site is secure by checking for the green padlock in the address bar of your web browser.
  • Keep presents secure – don’t store them in cars, sheds or garages.
  • Keep presents away from windows where they can be seen by people passing by.
  • Don’t leave purchased items on view in your vehicle when out Christmas shopping.
  • Use a timer switch on a light or a fake TV unit if you’re leaving your home empty when it gets dark.
  • Secure all windows and make sure PVCu doors are looked properly by lifting the handle and turning the key.
  • Don’t leave keys, money or other valuables on window sills or near the front door where they can be seen by passers b.
  • Join your local neighbourhood watch – or if there’s isn’t one you can start it off visit www.hertswatch.co.uk.
  • Make sure you keep your computer security software up to date by installing the latest updates.
  • If you are buying mobile devices for children this Christmas make sure you have installed security software and Parental Control Software.
  • Register all equipment free of charge on www.immobilise.com and ‘UV’ security mark with your post code and house name/number.
  • Do not leave empty packaging on the drive that could identify expensive presents.
  • Consult the Herts Police website for free crime prevention self-assessment advice for your home.
  • If possible park your vehicle in a garage or on a driveway overnight and check the doors are locked before leaving it.
  • Ensure your burglar alarm is fully serviced and working correctly.
  • Consider fitting exterior ‘dusk to dawn’ security lights to illuminate your home.
  • Look out for your neighbours and ask them to keep an eye on your home when you go out or if you are going away.