We have listed some safety advice below which is aimed at keeping yourself, your loved ones and your property safe.
If you need further safety advice please visit Hertfordshire Constabulary's website or contact Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership.
Protecting your property
- To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, make sure that before you leave the house all windows and doors are shut and locked securely
- Make a habit of checking that the ground floor windows are closed and locked when you go to bed
- Do not leave any valuables in your car. Even if you know the bag on the front seat is empty, a thief may still try their luck
- Remember to remove your Sat-Nav and its holder from the car, whilst wiping away any suction marks. Do not leave it in the glove box either as this is the first place a thief will look
- Register any valuable items such as mobile phones, tablets and bikes on the free online database Immobilise - this way, if they get lost or stolen, police are able to return it to you more easily if they’re recovered
- UV (Ultra Violet) security marker pens, which leave a mark that is not visible to the naked eye, are also a cost effective way to mark your property. You can mark your property by simply writing your house number and post code. These pens will make your property easier to return if it’s recovered. If you would like a UV security marking pen, they are available from most good stationary stores or please contact us on 020 8207 7801 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one
- Keep your shed securely locked by using a strong padlock and always remember to put away any gardening equipment and tools once you’ve finished with them
- Make sure you always lock garden gates and keep fences in good repair
- Walking on gravel is noisy, so this can help to deter intruders
- Thorny plants or trellis on top of perimeter fences will also help to deter intruders
- Front boundaries (hedges, trees and shrubs) shouldn’t exceed 1m in height; unless they are metal railings which allow natural vision through. This is to stop a burglar having a screen to work behind
- An anti-climbing topping on gates, such as a decorative spearhead design makes it difficult for them to be climbed over
- Lighting can play an important role in deterring intruders because it makes homes look occupied and therefore is not a target for most burglars. This lighting needs to be inside the home (and visible to those outside) and at entry points (doorways and windows). This is particularly relevant during the winter as the evenings can draw in as early as 3pm
- Dusk until dawn security lighting is beneficial, particularly at the rear of your property where heat and motion sensor lighting are often activated by small animals. They can also be a useful addition at the front of your home as well, so they turn on when people approach your home
- Intruder alarms can be an excellent deterrent against burglary. Always set your alarm when leaving the house and if you don’t have one, consider having one fitted
- If you have been burgled, contact the police as soon as possible. If it is an emergency or there is a burglary in action in your home, dial 999 or call 101 the police non-emergency number if you have been burgled and are in no danger.
Protecting yourself and your loved ones
- If you have children in your family, it is important to make them aware of the dangers of the internet. Children should be reminded never to disclose personal information when using email, social networking sites or chatrooms and should never arrange to meet anyone through the internet
- Internet Service Providers give parents/carers the ability to incorporate controls on computers used by children. This will enable monitoring of computer use and restrict access to sites unsuitable for children. More information on keeping your child safe online and offline can be found here
- If you have elderly people in your family, it is essential that you remind them of the dangers of scams and bogus callers. There are various different types of scams including phone, letter, email and shopping. To ensure your family members are kept safe, remind them to; never open the door if they are unsure who it is, never give out personal details such as bank numbers or birth dates (especially over the phone or internet), always be sceptical of callers - even those who claim to be officials, don’t be afraid to say ‘no thank-you’ and hang up/close the door and never agree to have work done on their home by someone who has turned up at the door. For more advice on how to keep your loved ones safe from scams and rogue traders, please click here We occasionally hold Older People's Awareness and Learning Events. Watch our film to learn more about the day.
- With the rise of internet use over the past decade, more and more people are choosing to shop online than go to the shops. Whilst most online shopping sites are legitimate, you must still be cautious. Always check seller feedback when buying online (if they have lots of negative feedback, don’t buy from them). Always check the website you are using is not a fake – you can do this by simply searching the brand name in Google and remember to keep your anti-virus software up to date, particularly if you are using your bank card details online.