What can you do as an individual to become more involved in crime reduction?
There are a number of things you can do as an individual:
- Join a local tenants group, Residents Association or NeighbourhoodWatch scheme if you have the time.
- Pass information on to the police or local authority about crime problems or problem individuals. This could include:
- what school uniforms are being worn by young people causing a nuisance
- registration details of vehicles where the drivers are acting suspiciously
- a diary of events when there are problems with noise or antisocial behaviour at night.
- report damage to housing, street lamps and graffiti to the local authority.
- volunteer some of your time to a project or charity in your area.
- go along to local councillors’ surgeries and tell them about the problems in your area.
- make sure your house and car are safe
- make your family and friends aware of what they can do to prevent crime.
What can you do as a group to become more involved?
- Agree informally to keep an eye on each other’s homes and vehicles and report any problems to the police.
- Contact your local community safety officer or crime reduction officer if you have an idea for a project you could become involved in.
- Share information with each other if you hear of any problems in your area.
- Volunteer for any local projects if you have time.
Christmas advice - How to keep safe
Advice for the Cristams period can be found here: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/nhwn_our_news_december_2012/?cat_id=159
Bogus callers can sound believable. Make sure in your own mind that they are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:
A] Think before you open the door - use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
B] If you are not expecting anyone and they do not have an appointment, do NOT let them in. If they persist, call police on 999 immediately.
C] Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your house - they may have an accomplice awaiting this distraction.
D] If you are not convinced of the identity of the caller, don't let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return or ask the caller to contact this person.
E] Treat every stranger with caution. If you are worried, dial 999 immediately and ask for the police.
Home security advice
HOME SECURITY ADVICE:
- Consider leaving a light on in your house on a timer switch, also near the front door a radio on a talking channel - this is to give the impression that there is someone in.
- Consider installing a burglar alarm box at the front of your house, or if you have the funds a burglar alarm and set it before you go to bed.
- If you have a driveway it is advisable to leave your car in your drive, this too gives the impression that there is someone in.
- Fit good quality deadlock to all exterior doors and lock them.
- Try to have good perimeter fencing to limit access to the rear of your house.
- Fit window locks to all windows—especially those on the ground floor.
- Consider installing security lights around your home.
- Ensure that all ladders and tools are locked away and cannot be used by burglars to gain entry.
- Keep your house and car keys out of sight and away from the front door where they can not be reached.
- Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Group.
- Do not leave valuables in view and vitally important to get a safe installed if you have expensive gold jewellery.
- Make your home look occupied when you are not there by setting lights and TVs on timer switches.
MOTOR VEHICLE CRIME PREVENTION:
- Try to park your car in a well lit area.
- Ensure that your vehicle is free from any valuables/cash.
- Ensure that you set your vehicle alarm after exiting your vehicle and check that the doors are locked - some thieves use electronic jammers to block the signal from your key fob to the locking mechanism.
- If you have a drive, try to park your car on it and close the gate/lock the gate if you have one.
- Consider installing security lights around your home to illuminate your car.
- Remove all sat navs from your vehicle before parking and also the marks left by the sat nav and do not leave your sat nav in your car.
- Keep your house and car keys out of sight and away from the front door where they can not be reached - hide them in your house.
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