We’ve put together five top tips to help keep you safe.
1. Beat the burglars
Around a third of burglaries in the Avon and Somerset area are opportunistic, with the thief gaining access through an unlocked door or open window. To help ensure you do not become the victim of a burglary you should:
- lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden
- remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- hide all keys out of sight and away from your letterbox
- leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- make sure any fences and gates around your home are in good condition
- supplement and reinforce garden fences with prickly plants and shrubbery – you can see examples on the Cleeve Nursery website
- improve natural surveillance at the front of your home. You can trim high hedges, for example
- keep ladders and tool stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they can be used to break into your home
- store any high value items – such as jewellery and passports – in a securely locked safe or bank vault
Avon and Somerset Police went out and about to see how many open windows and doors they could find:
More detailed burglary prevention information can be found on the Avon and Somerset Police website.
2. Keep safe online
We are often asked for advice on how to keep your gadgets and personal information safe from online criminals. For advice on online safety visit the Get Safe Online website.
3. Tackle crime together
Neighbourhood Watch is about you and your neighbours coming together to have a say on the issues that affect your community. If you want to check if your area is already signed up, or to register your area, visit the Neighbourhood Watch website.
4. Not sure? Don’t open the door!
Always be vigilant when someone you don’t know turns up at your door, even if that person is child. For advice on keeping your property safe and identifying bogus callers, visit the Avon and Somerset Police website.
5. Don’t let alcohol ruin your fun
Enjoy yourself if you’re on a night out and don’t let alcohol ruin your night, or anyone else’s. Our #dontbeadick campaign urges people to think about their behaviour and the possible consequences when out drinking.