Tips for a crime free
tips for a crime free Christmas shop start before you leave your house, after
all you don’t want come home to find the house broken into.
tools securely locked away in the shed – Burglars will be happy to use
your tools to break into your house.
the illusion your home is occupied - Radio and lights on a timer in rooms
you would normally occupy, there is even a device called “Fake TV” that
flashes a series of lights when it gets dark that looks like the TV is on.
up properly not just your windows and doors in the house, but also any
gates and outbuildings.
a “Park Mark” car park where you can http://www.parkmark.co.uk/ . By choosing a Park Mark®
Safer Parking facility you are visiting a car park that has been vetted by
the Police and has measures in place in order to create a safer
environment for both you and your vehicle.
nothing in sight within your car, remove the “Sat Nav”
cradle and clean the mark on the windscreen.
you lock your car with the remote look for the light flash confirmation or
better still try the door handle before leaving the car.
you’re starting your shop watch your purse, wallet, mobile phone and
handbag especially in busy places, don’t leave them on display in bags or
on counters while you pay, and while you’re paying watch that no one is
watching you entering your PIN when making purchases or withdrawing cash.
to stop for lunch or a cuppa, don’t drop your guard. Mobile phone on the
table, shopping by the chair, wallet or purse visible coat, jacket or
handbag over the chair, a thief sees it a thief will steal it.
to off load some of those purchases in the car, look around are you being
watched? Back to (5 & 6) above again.
go home, don’t fall for any distractions while you load the car i.e. “you
dropped some money” pointing to cash on the ground, holding a map “can you
tell me the way to….”. While you are engaged the second person steals from
your car on the other side.
crime prevention advice can be seen at http://www.essex.police.uk/home.aspx “Be Safe” tab or “My