Protect your home and possessions
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Advice on how to keep your home and possessions safe
The Home Office's crime website contains handy tips for crime prevention.
The Neighbourhood Watch website also has factsheets about crime prevention, covering areas such as holidays, bogus callers and ID Theft.
Also take a look at our personal safety hints and tips section.
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Register your property
You can now register your mobile phone, laptop, sat nav system, bike and more on the Immobilise Property Register, which means that if your property is stolen, you have a better chance of getting it returned.
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To find out more, and to register your stuff, visit the Immobilise Property website.
Prevent your bike from being a target for thieves
If you’re buying a new bike, here are some top tips on cycle theft prevention:
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- Register your bicycle at www.bikeregister.com.
- Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
- Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will help us to recover your bike if it is stolen.
- Whenever you need to leave you bike, make sure you lock it. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or a strong immovable object.
- Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.
- Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date and if possible has the ‘Sold Secure’ brand of approval. Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
- Keep valuables secure. Don't put them in open baskets or panniers.
- And last but not least ensure that cycle lights are fitted for road safety.
Protecting your home
Although burglaries from the home are rare, it is important you make your homes as safe as possible. Here are a few simple ideas to improve your home safety.
Make sure broken windows are repaired as soon as possible. Access to your property through garages or conservatories is kept locked. All tools and items such as ladders are locked away or firmly secured.
Opportunist thieves can often approach houses that look unoccupied during hours of darkness, so installing timed light switches around the home will help to deter them.
Sensor lighting to the front and back door of your home will deter potential thieves and help you gain entry into your home in the dark.
Alarms can be very effective but you need to change the code regularly to gain maximum benefit from them.
You could also install top and bottom bolts on French doors or add sash jammers to UPVC doors.
Make sure you use a good quality lock to protect your garden shed and its contents.
Marking your valuable property, such as jewellery and electrical items, with a forensic-marking product such as Smartwater, is a very effective way of protecting your property. Thousands of residents in Lichfield District have already done so. Warning window stickers are provided, also acting as a deterrent. Smartwater is available at a considerable discount to residents through Lichfield Police and Neighbourhood Watch. Contact 01785 235616 for more information.
Thieves are increasingly breaking into homes to steal car keys so it is important you do not leave keys in locks or on view.
Another way to help protect your property is by registering your details on OWL, the communication network used by Neighbourhood Watch. You will then receive crime-prevention advice, and alerts about crimes and incidents in your area. It provides a direct link with your local police. Register your details or contact the local Community Engagement officer on 01785 235616.
If you have any community safety issues in your area, please contact our community safety team on 01543 308777.