June Crime Prevention Blog

Going Away? By Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officer Gerry McBride

Beach Whilst many of you are gearing up or planning for your summer holidays (unlike me who is gearing up for my summer ‘staycation’ at home), I would like you to consider crime prevention as part of your holiday planning.

Your home can be vulnerable to burglars whilst you are away on holiday but you can minimise the risk of becoming a victim by following my top ten steps before you go …..

• Cancel any deliveries you have. Royal Mail offer a service called ‘Keepsafe’, for up to 66 days, for a small charge, they will hold onto your mail whilst you are away (18 days maximum for recorded or special delivery service).
• Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house – perhaps collect the mail, draw the curtains etc.
• 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 jewellery, car keys and ID documents in a safe (they’re not as expensive as you might think)  or hiding them in the loft.
• Before you go, make sure all doors, gates and windows are shut, locked and secure, and set your alarm!
• Check there are no tools left out in the garden that might assist an intruder breaking into your home.
• Register your valuables online at www.immobilise.com
• Don’t advertise on social media that you’re off on your holidays. Be careful who you tell about your holiday plans.
• Consider getting together with some of your neighbours and starting a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Check to see whether a scheme is operating in your area via www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.

You may also want consider joining Cleveland Connected, to receive advice and information about crime in your area. www.clevelandconnected.co.uk. Anyone with information about crime, can contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Above all – enjoy your holiday!  Send me a postcard if you can! 