Community safety

Avoiding Burglary

Top tips from the Safer Neighbourhood Teams to help residents avoid being burgled whilst away on holiday. 

·       Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name.

·       Register items with a serial number at:

·       Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows. Lock them away safely.

·       Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.

·       Keep your valuables out of sight through windows.

·       Leave some lights on & ask a neighbour to pop in and open/close curtains if it will be dark before you get home or you are away for a few days.

·       Install a visible burglar alarm &/or CCTV & don’t forget to set it!

·       Always keep sheds and outbuildings securely locked. 

·       Lock away any ladders safely out of view.

·       Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time.

Don’t advertise your holidays on Social Media! and If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your area, call 999 immediately.


If you suspect that someone in your area has committed a crime, or you’ve seen something suspicious, call 999 or 101. 


The date and time of any suspicious activity


·                     Registration number

·                     Type make and model

·                     Colour

·                     Any distinguishing features, et damage, logo stickers 

Suspicious people 

·           Gender

·           Age

·           What they look like (hair colour)

·           Facial features etc.

·            Clothing.


Making it harder for burglars

Secure your home and improve the safety of your local neighbourhood by: 

Ø    Keeping your home locked if you are athome or out

Ø    Marking your property (speak to your local officer) 

Ø    Recording serial numbers of your possessions 

Ø    Taking photos of jewellery, or high value items 

Ø    Register items with unique serial numbers at 

Ø    Installing quality deadlocks fitted to all doors and windows 

Ø    Installing quality security lighting and alarms 

Ø    Joining or setting up a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.



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