Crime prevention

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Many burglaries can be prevented. They are often spur of the moment, where a burglar may see an open window or other easy point of entry and takes a chance.

Handy tips

  • When you go out, even for short time, lock the door and close the windows.
  • Never leave a spare key in a hiding place.
  • Remove keys from locked windows.
  • Burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can put burglars off.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight.
  • Use timer switches for lights and radios if you are away from home for long periods.
  • Be aware of strangers hanging around in residential streets. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, contact the police.
  • Garages and garden sheds can be full of expensive tools, which are ideal for breaking into the rest of the house, so never leave them unlocked.
  • Lock ladders inside your garage or shed to stop a thief using them to reach upstairs windows.

If you've been the victim of a crime

If you've been the victim of a crime or think you have witnessed one, you should report it to the police straight away. Your information could be used to prevent other crimes and help keep other people safe.

If you've been hurt in any way, or if you've just seen a serious crime being committed then you should ring 999 as soon as possible.

You should call 101 to report minor crime or other concerns that do not require an emergency response. For example this could include property damage, or if you have suspicions over people involved with drug dealing in your neighbourhood.

If you want to report a crime but you do not want to be identified to the police then you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers will ask questions about the crime you have information on but will never ask questions about you. Further support can also be provided by Victim Support Services.