General Crime Prevention Information
Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will target homes where it is easy to gain access. Unlocked doors, windows and side gates make it easy for a burglar to strike quickly. Take a few simple precautions to protect your home.
Theft from motor vehicles
Keep doors locked and windows shut
It may sound obvious but unlocked doors and open windows are invitations to thieves so make sure your vehicle is secure even if you are only popping into a shop, paying for petrol or getting car park ticket.
Donít forget to lock the boot and sun roof too. It only takes seconds for a thief to make off with your belongings.
Don't leave anything on display
Thefts from vehicles greatly outnumber thefts of vehicles so never leave your property on display on the dashboard or front or back seats. Removing valuables like radios, sat navs, mobile phones and laptops helps remove temptation. Donít forget to wipe away the marks left by the suction pad on your sat nav as they may lead thieves to believe itís in your car somewhere. Keep an eye out for devices on the market that can hold sat navs in place without using sucker pads.
If you are unable to remove your property from the vehicle, lock it out of sight in the boot or a vehicle safe.
Park in safe areas
Choose somewhere busy and well lit with good surveillance. Areas where there are few people about, several escape routes and cars hidden out of view are attractive to thieves.
Most people who call at your home will be there for a genuine reason but by taking a few simple precautions you can protect yourself and your home.
Follow our safety advice:
ē Donít be frightened to ask for identification and always check it carefully. If youíre not sure ask them to come back another day when you can have someone else with you. If the caller is who they say they are they will be happy to prove their identity.
ē Install a door chain and keep it on when answering the door, only remove it when you are happy that they are who they say they are.
ē If you need your glasses to see their identification, close the door before going to find them. Donít leave the door open and unattended.
ē Remember to lock the back door before opening the front door.
ē Donít be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions.
ē Donít keep large amounts of cash in the house.
Trading Standards operates the Buy with Confidence Scheme. The scheme, which enables consumers to identify approved traders who demonstrate commitment to high working standards, high levels of customer care and a fair trading policy to all customers.
For more information visit: www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
1. Check the callerís identity - are you expecting them?
2. Take control - you ask the questions
3. Donít sign on the spot - take time to reflect and shop around
4. You have the right to cancel - If you do purchase something for more than £35 from doorstep sales people you have 7 days to change your mind. This information should be given to you in writing by the sales person.
5. If in doubt, ask the person to leave and phone Consumer Direct or Essex
County Council Trading Standards on 08454 040 506 for further advice.
Remember- Police non emergency number 101