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Seasonal Safety Autumn/Winter


Stay safe and secure this Winter


This section offers a few hints and tips on the ways you can help to keep yourself and your possessions safe and secure.


If you need further crime prevention advice, visit the Crime Prevention section of this site or contact your Safer Neighbourhood team - please visit our Safer Neighbourhood section and enter your post code to find your Safer Neighbourhood team's contact details.


During the autumn and winter, especially when it gets dark in the afternoons, the opportunities for thieves can increase, if you home is left in darkness.


At home


  • Use a timer switch on a light and tv or radio so that they come on when it gets dark, giving your home a lived in look. 
  • Lock all doors before you go out and when you go to bed, and ensure all windows are secure before leaving your home.
  • If you have any UPVC doors, make sure you lift the handle AND use the key to lock it properly.
  • Register your possessions on free online property database Web Link www.immobilise.com - it can help police return them to you if they are lost or stolen.
  • Don't leave valuable possession or keys on view by windows.


In the garden


  • Keep your shed securely locked by using a strong padlock as the bare minimum, and remember to lock your garden gate.
  • Keep hedges and shrubs in your front garden below windowsill height to prevent a burglar having a 'screen' to work behind.
  • Never leave valuables in your garage, shed or other out buildings unless you secure them with good quality locks, or consider using a shed alarm.


In the car


  • Don't leave any valuables in your car - even if you know the bag on the front seat is empty, a thief may still try their luck, leaving you with a broken window to deal with.
  • Remove your sat nav and its holder from the car - don't leave it in the glove box as that's the first place a thief will look - and make sure you wipe away any suction marks.
  • Don't leave tools or equipment in your vehicle over night 

For more crime prevention advice, visit our Crime Prevention page or call:


Telephone 101 to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer.


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.