Crime Prevention Advice
As the darker evenings are now approaching. listed below are some general tips on keeping yourself, your family and your home safe.
- Avoid discussing on social media where you are and if you are alone, especially if you are travelling at night.
- If you are walking home alone, plan your route using well lit areas.
- If you are popping out to the shops, make sure you shut your windows and lock doors properly.
- A dark house is a signal to burglars, so install an automatic timer-switch to light up a room or rooms.
- Don’t tempt burglars – make sure valuables are not in view from the outside.
- Make sure any keys aren’t in sight of a window or letter box.
- Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious.
- If you are a driver, always park in a well-lit area.
- If you buy a second-hand keyless car, remember to get your fob reprogrammed, to reduce the risk of theft.
- If you are shopping, ensure your valuables are out of sight – the most common item stolen is a mobile phone, so store it securely in your bag if you can’t close your pocket.
- Keep your bike safe – To reduce the chances of theft, use a good quality cycle lock and get it property marked. Make sure it is left in a well-lit and busy area.
For further advice on all aspects of personal, home and business security, visit the Metropolitan Police crime prevention website.