Crime reduction advice in order to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime when you are away on holiday
- Use timer switches to turn on some lights when it gets dark
- Remember to secure windows (use locks, and do not leave keys in locks), doors and outbuildings
- Ensure any burglar alarms are set before departure, make this your last check
- Do not leave valuables on display – if possible keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passports & deeds to your property in a safe
- Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers & register them at www.immobilise.com
- Any important documents could be left with friends or family if there is no safe in the house
- Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house while you are away (to open/close curtains etc), collect post, to park on your drive. (leave them with your emergency contact details)
- Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries before you go away
- Keep keys safe and do not label keys
- Make use of Royal Mail’s ’Keepsafe’ letter and parcel holding service
- Any valuable items usually stored in the shed, such as bikes or tools could be stored in the house instead
- Lock away tools, gardening equipment and ladders
- Ensure smoke alarms are working correctly before departure
- Do not put your house address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination
- Use ‘dusk to dawn’ security lights
- Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company. Both http://www.nsi.org.uk/ & https://ssaib.org/ are independent inspectorate bodies for security systems.
Further security advice can be obtained via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
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Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Police Connect Team