Crime Prevention Tips

Some Ideas From Carl Barton, Our PCSO

With spring here and summer just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at your home security. Here are some useful crime prevention tips to help you protect you and your property, both at home and when out and about:

At home:

  • Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes, and downstairs doors and windows
  • If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on the lights
  • Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it’s visible from the street
  • Keep valuables out of sight from passers-by
  • When recycling, fold up any cardboard boxes that might advertise your new purchases to thieves

When out and about:

  • When out in your car, look out for Park Mark car parks and make sure you remove all items from your vehicle when you leave it – including the sat nav cradle and suction pads
  • De-clutter your bag – take out only what you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • When you’re out shopping, keep your bag firmly closed and on your person at all times
  • Carry wallets in inside pockets of jackets or coats, not in the back pockets of trousers
  • When using your card, shield your PIN and take the time to make sure you safely put away your purse or wallet
  • Never leave your bag unattended on the back of trolleys or pushchairs
  • Don’t be tempted to return to your car and drop off your shopping bags – keep them with you or take them home

For more information visit our crime prevention page at

If you have any information about crime or criminals, call the police on 101.

Or call CrimeStoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111