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Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) – Your local policing team

Every community in Warwickshire has a local policing Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Our teams work with communities and partner organisations to identify and address local concerns. Teams tackle crimes and work to make communities safer.

The local SNT for Welford on Avon is the Alcester Police South Safer Neighbourhood Team, the team deploy from Alcester and cover the wards of Bidford and Salford, Welford, Barton, Aston Cantlow, Alcester and Kinwarton. For an update on all current information please visit the dedicated web site at https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/2269/Alcester-South?uprn=200001167773

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner

All monthly updates of the Crime Commissioner’s Newsletter are now available at https://us9.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=ab4395fd0dda81296142cc9ad&id=d7e75fb781

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary. Church Lane. Premises broken into and car keys stolen. Subsequently an Audi A5 was also stolen. The Audi has then crashed shortly after the theft on the Dorsington Road. Area search made by police units and police helicopter. Around 8.40pm Sunday 1st November. 0370 01/11/2020

Online Child Safety

Every so often a new game that can be downloaded onto phones and computers raises concerns for child safety. One such game that has recently come to notice is ‘Cunch-line Chronicles’. Although it is rated as an 18, this would still be widely available to youngsters. It describes itself as “a light hearted, satirical take on the darker side of urban UK culture”. The game allows users to organise and run virtual cross border drug dealing which includes recruiting children to deliver the drugs and to also set up a house to run the operation from. Something for parents and carers to be aware of just in case it is mentioned, so that appropriate advice can be given. More information on online safety can be found here:- https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/        More information can be found on this particular game via Google etc.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Barton Road. Diesel Wacker plate stolen from building compound. Between 9th & 12th October. 0193 19/10/2020
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Hunt Hall Lane. Secure vehicle tampered with on private land. Nothing believed damaged or stolen at the time of the report. Between 30th & 31st October. 0490 31/10/2020
  • Theft. Binton Road. Four traffic dome shaped cctv units stolen. Between 28th & 29th October. 0216 30/10/2020
  • Vehicle Crime. Car park, Long Marston Road. Purse and bank cards stolen from car. Cards then used a couple of times before they were cancelled. Reported Thursday 29th October. 0308 29/10/2020

Vehicle Crime

There are a number of offences in the report this week relating to vehicles being entered and items stolen. Some of these in particular relate to cars that have been left by walkers / dog walkers in rural car parks.

  • Always lock your vehicle. Whether it’s in the garage, on the driveway of your house, unattended for a few seconds or in an isolated car park, lock it and activate any alarm system.
  • Always remove valuable items from the vehicle. If this cannot be done the items must be removed from view and secured in a glove box or boot.
  • Fit an alarm that will activate on movement in the vehicle. An alarm that can notify you in real time that there is a problem is extremely useful.
  • Items such as tools and machinery that cannot be removed can be secured in lockers and security marked with high visibility paint etc.
  • If available, park your vehicle in a location that is covered by CCTV, overlooked by houses or is in constant use.
  • Use anti-theft screws and sticky pads for number plates. If you have a plate that is stolen, replace it with one that has a different design so it is distinguishable from the stolen plate.
  • If you see or hear any suspicious activity around a car or car park, ring 101 to report straight away.
  • For further advice visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/

Bonfire Night – Remember! Remember!

As well as the advice below, please follow the current government covid regulations.

  • ✗ It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. Maximum penalty of £5000 and/or six months in prison.
  • ✗ It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (Bonfire night extended until 12 midnight).
  • ✗ It is illegal to let off any firework in a public place and this carries a fine of up to £5000. Police may also issue an £90 Fixed Penalty Notice.
  • ✗ All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standard BS 7114.
  • ✗ The police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks.
  • ✗ The sale of banger, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (squibs, helicopters etc), aerial shells and maroons is illegal.
  • ✗ Irresponsible use of fireworks can damage property, cause injury, scare people (particularly the elderly) and frighten animals.
  • v  For advice on how to keep you pets safe during Bonfire night, visit the RSPCA page here – https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks

Covid-19

From the 5th November we will be under the guidance of further restrictions. Please follow the government guidance which can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Breaches of the covid laws can be reported to us, using this online form – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Two Acre Lane. Timber and cement mixer stolen from site. Overnight 16th & 17th October. 0125 17/10/2020

**FAO FARM OWNERS** Farm Mapping Initiative

Our Rural Crime Team are collating contact and location information regarding Farms on our area. This will only relate to a small number of people on our email circulation list. Please forward it to anyone it may relate to.

Completed forms or any queries should be sent to PC Andy King. His contact details are –

Farm Mapping Form – Farm Mapping form V7

Alcester South SNT Update

Door to Door Sellers – “Nottingham Knockers”

We have had several reports this week of men going door to door, trying to sell items from holdalls. Here is some information about this type of call.

  • It is believed that this type of door to door selling originated in the Nottingham area and the name has stuck.
  • It is unlikely that they are part of any prison or young offenders rehabilitation scheme. If they are, they will have official identification and will be happy to produce it.
  • They should carry a Pedlars Certificate issued by the police area they live in. This certificate should be produced on request.
  • They join groups of other sellers and are given the low cost items to sell by a ‘group organiser’ who will drive them around the country.
  • They are allowed to keep any money raised over the actual cost of the items and this is why the prices are usually much higher than they should be.
  • This need to sell cheap items at high prices can lead to them pressurising residents. Unfortunately this sometimes means the vulnerable are targeted, as they will often buy something out of goodwill or in order to move the seller on quicker.
  • It is possible that in some cases reported around the country a small minority of sellers will use the opportunity to check out premises and people for future burglary and theft offences.
  • If you have a seller at your door and you feel that they are not complying with the law or they are acting suspiciously then call the police straight away on 101 to report.
  • There are legitimate representatives that go door to door taking orders for new windows and building work etc.
  • Put a sign on or near to your door saying that door to door sellers are not welcome. If in doubt, do not answer the door. Consider using a video doorbell to monitor any callers.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime – Interference. Car park, Binton Road. Damage caused to doors on works van, probably with the intention to gain entry. This was not achieved. Reported 29th September. 0099 29/09/2020
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Samantha Close. Male seen knocking on door to house, but then left trying not to be seen. He went and got into the passenger side of a large dark coloured car parked nearby. Described as a white male, fair hair, wearing a beige jumper and blue jeans. 6.30pm Monday 28th September. 0348 28/09/2020 No offences disclosed.

Warwickshire Police is committed to playing our part in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.

Preventing the spread of the virus is a shared effort in which we will continue to play a critical role alongside health colleagues, Government, businesses, local authorities and our communities.

Under the new rules, people may not participate in social gatherings, in any place, in groups of more than 6.  These rules apply across England, to all ages, to gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, public outdoor spaces and venues such as pubs and restaurants, and these rules replace all previous regulations.

  • The rules are clear and we all have a personal responsibility for following them to help stop of the spread of this deadly virus.
  • The vast majority of the public have followed the restrictions so far, making sacrifices to do so. We expect people will also take the new regulations seriously to protect themselves and their friends and family.
  • Our approach to the new regulations will be to continue engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the rules.
  • We will disperse groups of over six and issue fines to those who refuse to comply.
  • In most situations, police officers can resolve breaches without having to issue a fine. Where people just won’t listen, and are putting everyone at risk, we will take enforcement action.
  • We will ensure we pay particular attention to those who regularly flout the rules and those areas where we are seeing the greatest numbers of COVID-19 cases.
  • The force is particularly busy at this time and we ask that the public support us in this focus and where possible report breaches via our website (www.warwickshire.police.uk).
  • Possible breaches of the Covid rules can be reported to us via our online reporting form.

Crime Prevention Advice – Leaving your home checklist

Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do just before you go out.

Become a creature of habit – Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

  • close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • double-lock any door
  • make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • set your burglar alarm. An alarm that is able to notify you of any problems is always recommended.
  • make sure the side gate is locked
  • lock your shed or garage
  • lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

Going away? – Here are five tips to help you keep your home and belongings stay safe while you’re away:

1.if you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends

2.leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied

3.get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or resident Watch Scheme

4.consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive

5.remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Binton Road. Theft of white single axle 8’ x 6’ trailer. Overnight 22nd and 23rd September. Possibly around 3.15am. 0207 26/09/2020
  • Vehicle Crime. Barton Meadow. Rear handle on Mitsubishi L200 damaged and partially stolen. Entry not gained to vehicle. Between 22nd and 23rd September. 0135 23/09/2020

Is your vehicle attracting thieves?

Don’t let thieves get an easy ride. Follow these ten simple rules to protect your car.

  1. Lock your vehicle – Locking your vehicle, even when filling up or parked on your drive, greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeted by an opportunist thief. Even if you have locked your vehicle, check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open. Remove all valuables, especially those that can be seen from outside the vehicle. It is actually illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended while you de-ice it or warm it up in cold weather. If someone takes it while it’s left like this, your insurer won’t pay out because you won’t be covered.

2. Keep the keys safe – Vehicles today are by and large more difficult to steal than ever, unless the thief can access your key or fob to clone them. Keep your keys safe, out of view when at home, and away from your front door. It’s not uncommon for car keys to be stolen from inside your home by thieves fishing for them with a stick and hook through the letterbox. When not in use, keep your electronic car key in a security pouch to prevent it being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car nearby.

3. Be aware of carjackers – The fact that you’re in the car isn’t always a deterrent to someone trying to steal it. In traffic, drive with the doors locked and when queuing leave enough space in front of your vehicle to enable you to get out of a tight spot. If your vehicle is bumped from behind, wait to pull over – somewhere safe and preferably where there are people. After all, you don’t know the person who has collided with you; they could well be hijackers. If you’re at all suspicious, consider calling the police. If someone threatens you, it’s better to hand over the keys to the vehicle than become a victim of assault. Then call 999 as soon as possible, and ask for the police. If your car is stolen, some modern vehicle alarm and tracker systems have the facility to isolate or shut down fuel systems, bringing the vehicle to a halt and leaving the thief high and dry.

4. Park responsibly – It’s always advisable to avoid parking in dark and secluded areas. It’s worth an extra five or ten-minute walk if it means your vehicle is left in a well-lit and busier street. And if possible, always try to park in illuminated and staffed car parks or those with a Park Mark safer parking award. To find one, simply check out Park Mark.

5. Watch for illegal tow trucks – Thieves often attempt to lift vehicles from the street, literally. So, if you see a towaway crew acting suspiciously – especially if their vehicle isn’t branded or if they’re not in uniform – then please report it immediately. As with every report of suspicious behaviour made in good faith, we’ll never blame anyone for calling us if it proves unfounded. Car parks with height-restricted entrances help prevent illegal tow trucks and removal vehicles. And fitting a Thatcham rated category 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.

6. Fit good in-car security locks – Bear in mind that built-in steering locks aren’t necessarily thief-proof. Many can be forced and broken. Fitting a Sold Secure steering wheel, gear lever or clutch pedal security device can give your vehicle added protection.

7. Double-check electronic locking – Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your vehicle. Always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away. If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who’s watching feels they’ve been spotted, they’ll probably move off.

8. Before you buy, check for cloning – Changing the identity of a vehicle, known as vehicle cloning, can be as simple as adding stolen number plates. When buying a vehicle, always check the DVLA V5 document and make sure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the vehicle is the same as on the document. Make sure you check more than one of the VINs as well as the engine numbers on the vehicle. Check a used vehicle you’re buying.

9. Secure your port – Many modern vehicles are fitted with engine management diagnostic ports, which can be accessed without the thief needing to open the vehicle doors, boot or bonnet, but which can unlock and start your vehicle. If your vehicle has this type of port, consider fitting a lockable cover.

10. Be aware of test drive thieves – Test drive thefts are where a thief answers an advert for a vehicle sale pretending to be a genuine buyer. When they meet the vendor they ask for a test drive and never return with the vehicle. Take steps to avoid this by going with the prospective buyer on any test drive and don’t leave anyone alone with the vehicle and its keys. Ask any potential buyer for contact details and to see their driving licence and insurance. Never leave the vehicle keys in the ignition – keep hold of them.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Church Street. Blue Peugeot seen acting suspiciously in the area. Details of registration number and description of driver passed to police. 6.55pm Wednesday 2nd September. 0312 02/09/2020

Vehicle Crime

We have had a few instances of vehicle crime on the area over the last month where the vehicle involved has been left insecure. This presents a great opportunity for the passing opportunist thief and saves them a lot of time and effort to commit crime. We know that this type of crime usually takes place during the early hours and the offender will walk down a street randomly trying car doors in the hope to find an open one.

  • Always lock your vehicle. Whether it’s on the road, car park, driveway or in a garage.
  • Remove all valuables, especially those that can be seen through the windows.
  • If you have any valuables that cannot be removed, secure them in a locked compartment or boot and mark them with your postcode and house number.
  • Fit an alarm to the vehicle that is audible and which also has the ability to send a notification to your smart phone that movement has been detected.
  • Fit a camera system that has real time movement notifications and sharable footage.
  • Report any suspicious activity seen on 101 or 999 as required at the time.

Crimestoppers

If you have information on a crime that you would like to pass to police anonymously, please consider using the independent charity Crimestoppers. Crimes in progress should always be reported to police on 999 or 101 as required.

Their website states “ We’re an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime, 100% anonymously. Whoever you are, wherever you live, from communities to companies.  By phone and online, 24/7, 365 days a year.  We also share advice on how to protect the people you care about from crime, so everyone can feel safe. After receiving your call or a completed anonymous online form, we create a report that brings together all the information you gave us, making sure it doesn’t contain any information that could identify you. Your report is sent to the relevant authority with the legal responsibility to investigate crimes, make arrests and charge people in order to bring them to justice. This could be your local police force or an agency such as the UK Border Agency or HM Revenue & Customs”.  Find out more with what we do with your information here – https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Community Speed Watch

Warwickshire Police’s Community Speedwatch scheme is relaunching as part of a phased reintroduction in the county. Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join together to monitor speeds of vehicles in their local area with support from the police. In Warwickshire each group uses the LTI Speed Lasers independently purchased by either the group itself or the local parish council. Any vehicles found to be exceeding the speed limit are referred to Warwickshire Police and receive a letter with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. However, in cases where education is ignored and there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, even across county borders, enforcement and prosecution follow.

Inspector Sally Bunyard-Spiers said: “Speeding continues to be a concern for many communities in both rural and urban environments and we are delighted that we are able to start a phased reintroduction of the Community Speedwatch Scheme in Warwickshire. “Warwickshire Police is very grateful to all the CSW volunteers who use their own time to help make Warwickshire’s roads safer for everyone, often enthusiastically supporting national anti-speeding campaigns.”

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “I would encourage anyone who is concerned about speeding in their community to consider signing up as a Community Speedwatch volunteer. As well as helping Warwickshire Police and partners to raise awareness of speeding, the visible presence of CSW helps to reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit, improving the quality of life for local communities and most importantly helping to reduce death and injury on our roads. This is something I am keen to support.”

Warwickshire Police is keen to support and develop further CSW groups and as soon as COVID restrictions allow we hope to be able to progress the training of newly formed CSW groups. Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by officers and staff including a new soon to be appointed Road Safety Officer who will oversee the CSW groups. The aim of CSW is to make our roads safer, and to ensure no CSW members or the public are put at risk, a full risk assessment is carried out for each group.

If you are interested in forming a CSW group in your area, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team. The details of your local SNT can be found by visiting www.warwickshire.police.uk and entering your location. For more information about CSW please visit https://www.communityspeedwatch.org

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  1. Road Traffic Collision. Shop, High Street. A Grey Renault Megan has hit the wall and the two white male occupants have run off. They have headed in the direction of Samantha Way. Enquiries ongoing and further evidence being gathered. 6.40am Saturday 29th August. 0067 29/08/2020

Alcester SNT Update

Is your vehicle attracting thieves?

Don’t let thieves get an easy ride. Follow these ten simple rules to protect your car.

  1. Lock your vehicle – Locking your vehicle, even when filling up or parked on your drive, greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeted by an opportunist thief. Even if you have locked your vehicle, check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open. Remove all valuables, especially those that can be seen from outside the vehicle. It is actually illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended while you de-ice it or warm it up in cold weather. If someone takes it while it’s left like this, your insurer won’t pay out because you won’t be covered.
  2. Keep the keys safe – Vehicles today are by and large more difficult to steal than ever, unless the thief can access your key or fob to clone them. Keep your keys safe, out of view when at home, and away from your front door. It’s not uncommon for car keys to be stolen from inside your home by thieves fishing for them with a stick and hook through the letterbox. When not in use, keep your electronic car key in a security pouch to prevent it being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car nearby.
  3. Be aware of carjackers – The fact that you’re in the car isn’t always a deterrent to someone trying to steal it. In traffic, drive with the doors locked and when queuing leave enough space in front of your vehicle to enable you to get out of a tight spot. If your vehicle is bumped from behind, wait to pull over – somewhere safe and preferably where there are people. After all, you don’t know the person who has collided with you; they could well be hijackers. If you’re at all suspicious, consider calling the police. If someone threatens you, it’s better to hand over the keys to the vehicle than become a victim of assault. Then call 999 as soon as possible, and ask for the police. If your car is stolen, some modern vehicle alarm and tracker systems have the facility to isolate or shut down fuel systems, bringing the vehicle to a halt and leaving the thief high and dry.
  4. Park responsibly – It’s always advisable to avoid parking in dark and secluded areas. It’s worth an extra five or ten-minute walk if it means your vehicle is left in a well-lit and busier street. And if possible, always try to park in illuminated and staffed car parks or those with a Park Mark safer parking award. To find one, simply check out Park Mark.
  5. Watch for illegal tow trucks – Thieves often attempt to lift vehicles from the street, literally. So, if you see a towaway crew acting suspiciously – especially if their vehicle isn’t branded or if they’re not in uniform – then please report it immediately. As with every report of suspicious behaviour made in good faith, we’ll never blame anyone for calling us if it proves unfounded. Car parks with height-restricted entrances help prevent illegal tow trucks and removal vehicles. And fitting a Thatcham rated category 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.
  6. Fit good in-car security locks – Bear in mind that built-in steering locks aren’t necessarily thief-proof. Many can be forced and broken. Fitting a Sold Secure steering wheel, gear lever or clutch pedal security device can give your vehicle added protection.
  7. Double-check electronic locking – Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your vehicle. Always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away. If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who’s watching feels they’ve been spotted, they’ll probably move off.
  8. Before you buy, check for cloning – Changing the identity of a vehicle, known as vehicle cloning, can be as simple as adding stolen number plates. When buying a vehicle, always check the DVLA V5 document and make sure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the vehicle is the same as on the document. Make sure you check more than one of the VINs as well as the engine numbers on the vehicle. Check a used vehicle you’re buying.
  9. Secure your port – Many modern vehicles are fitted with engine management diagnostic ports, which can be accessed without the thief needing to open the vehicle doors, boot or bonnet, but which can unlock and start your vehicle. If your vehicle has this type of port, consider fitting a lockable cover.
  10. Be aware of test drive thieves – Test drive thefts are where a thief answers an advert for a vehicle sale pretending to be a genuine buyer. When they meet the vendor they ask for a test drive and never return with the vehicle. Take steps to avoid this by going with the prospective buyer on any test drive and don’t leave anyone alone with the vehicle and its keys. Ask any potential buyer for contact details and to see their driving licence and insurance. Never leave the vehicle keys in the ignition – keep hold of them.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary. Barton Road. Two male offenders wearing balaclavas have forced entry through a window of the premises using a crowbar type instrument. They have then threatened the occupants before making off with a Rolex Watch. A vehicle was heard to leave the area. 3am Thursday 23rd July. 0035 23/07/2020

Keep your home safe

Burglars are often opportunistic thieves who prey on houses and flats. They seek out any opening that they can take advantage of, specifically doors and windows that are left open or unlocked or are easy to force. Anything of value that they might spot through a window will only spur them on. But it really doesn’t take much to deter these thieves – just smart thinking.

Burglar facts

  • •Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door
  • •Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit.
  • •Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays
  • •Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle
  • •Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence
  • •Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home
  • •It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in. Even more reason for you to ensure you keep your home as safe as houses

Leaving your home checklist

Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do just before you go out. Become a creature of habit. Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

  • •close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • •double-lock any door
  • •make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • •keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • •never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • •in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • •if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • •set your burglar alarm
  • •make sure the side gate is locked
  • •lock your shed or garage
  • •lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

Going away?

Here are five tips to help you keep your home and belongings stay safe while you’re away:

  • 1.if you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends
  • 2.leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • 3.get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or resident Watch Scheme
  • 4.consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive
  • 5.remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries