July Crime Prevention Blog

July Crime Prevention Blog – Summer Holidays Home Security By Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer Gerry McBride

1 Most people will have a summer holiday planned this year and I would like to offer you some advice on how you can keep your home safe whilst you’re away.

When preparing for a trip, home security should be the utmost priority. Statistics tell us that 1 in 10 burglaries occur when we are away on holiday and we can reduce that risk even further by following these steps:

• Before you go, make sure all doors, gates and windows are shut, locked and secure.
• Do not advertise that you are away on social media as this will just inform thieves that no one is home.
• Ask a friend or trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home - perhaps collect mail, draw the curtains etc. Would they mind parking their car on your driveway overnight?
• Ask a family member to stay at your home for a few nights while you are away.
• Remember to use ‘light against crime’.  Set light timers to come on in the evening and consider a light sensitive light bulb, which will self-activate at night in an upstairs room.
• Think about removing valuables from their usual place and hiding them in your home, perhaps placing your jewelry, car keys and ID documents in a safe.
• Check there are no tools left out in the garden that might assist an intruder breaking into your home. 
• Check and service your house alarm before you set it.
• Cancel deliveries! Royal Mail offer a service called Keepsafe and for up to 66 days for a small charge, they will hold onto your mail while you are away (18 days maximum for recorded or special delivery service).

Another great idea is to get together with some neighbours to start a Neighbourhood Watch team. 
Join Cleveland Connected and receive advice and information about crime in your area: www.clevelandconnected.co.uk

If you have any information about a crime, please contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Enjoy your holidays this summer and be safe!