Crime Prevention Advice:
Please find below some Crime Prevention Advice provided by Hampshire Constabulary.
When someone is planning a holiday often the excitement distracts a person’s attention, leaving home security at the bottom of the list. In addition, while relaxing on holiday, people often let their guard down and take risks that they would never contemplate during everyday life. Detailed below you will find advice on how to improve the security of your property whilst away:
- Make your home looks like someone is living in it. Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights or a radio on when it becomes dark. Some timers have a built-in random programme to prevent lights coming on at the same time every day.
- Remember to cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.
- Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home.
- Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any plants that cover windows and doors or places where people could hide.
- Uncollected mail is a sign that you are away. Ask a neighbour or friend to collect it for you or consider using the Royal Mail Keepsafe service.
- Store valuable documents or items in a safe. Alternatively consider leaving them with a family member, friend or a bank.
- If you normally leave valuable pedal cycles or similar in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
- Make sure that you’ve locked all windows and doors, and if you have an alarm, use it.
- Consider getting a relative, friend or neighbour to:
- park on your drive if you have one
- open and close curtains
- collect post
- water the garden
- Make sure valuable items such as laptops, games consoles, etc, are not on view from outside.
- Property mark belongings with your house number and postcode, keep a list of any makes, models and serial numbers. Take photos of jewellery. Register your items for free at www.immobilise.com. Using this service will assist the police in returning property to the rightful owner should it be stolen.
- Make sure that you have up-to-date building and contents insurance and check for any specific requirements relating to security.
- Lock tools, ladders, etc, away so that they cannot be used to gain entry to your home.
- Consider fitting PIR or low-level lighting and, where necessary, extra window and door locks.
- Be mindful of what you write on social media which could identify you as being away on holiday.
- Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property and leave a contact number so they can get in touch with you if anything happens.