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Seasonal Safety - Summer



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.


As the warmer weather arrives, the opportunities for thieves can increase with open windows, insecure sheds and gardening tools left out - but there are some simple ways you can help keep your home secure:


At home


  • 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.


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.
  • ALWAYS put away any gardening equipment and tools when you've finished with them - a shovel could be just what a burglar needs to break in.


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.
  • It may sound obvious, but remember to shut your windows and sunroof when you leave your car.

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


Telephone 101 to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer.



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