Here is a note from Wellesley Neighbourhood Watch Team on how to ensure you home is safe this Christmas. The winter months are a tempting time for opportunistic burglars and it’s important to remain vigilant and ensure your home is adequately protected.
Below are some top tips on how to keep your home and vehicles as safe as possible.
- Improve lighting - Look into installing motion-sensitive lighting fixtures above front doors, porches, garage doors and entrances to back gardens. Also fit timers to indoor lights so that lights come on when you are not at home.
- Hide valuables - Ensure that any valuable items can’t be easily seen through windows
- Secure any valuables by locking them in a secure safe/vault which can be bolted to a floor (not in your bedroom as this is often the first place they will go).
- Keep keys safe - Don’t leave keys hidden under doormats, in flower pots, or in other “safe” places. Thieves often use letterboxes to obtain keys, so it’s best not to store them by the front door. • Keyless Cars - Store your car key in a Faraday bag (signal Blocker) which stops opportunists being able to get hold of the access codes to your car. It also works for Bank Cards too.
- Sheds - Use padlocks to lock your shed doors.
- Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com - this can help stolen items be recovered.
Vehicle Theft and Theft from vehicles
- Always lock your car
- Close windows and the sun roof
- Fit anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels
- Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle - Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when a vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tool chests, makes them more secure, but don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it.
- Do not leave any valuables in your car or anything that may be believed to be worth stealing, hiding items under coats and blankets will only give them more reason to break in.
- If you away for Christmas try not to tell everyone by posting it on social media, if you are away, let a trusted neighbour know so they can keep an eye on your property.
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