Crime Prevention and Seasonal Safety
Hertfordshire continues to be one of the safest counties in the country, and with your help Herts Police would like to keep it that way. The Constabulary is committed to working with local councils, and other groups and organisations, across the county to keep crime levels low.
There are some simple measures that you and your family can follow to keep yourselves and your property even safer. To view useful information and advice on home security, personal safety, preventing fraud and much more, please visit www.herts.police.uk/advice/crime_prevention.aspx
Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it. Other things you can do include:
- Removing everything from the car; don't even leave a jacket where it can be seen
- Closing the sunroof along with the windows when you leave
- Not storing things in the boot; take them with you
- Storing car ownership information in your home, not your car
- Having a routine to ensure you always take the keys out of the ignition
- Taking removable stereos and sat nav equipment with you
- In addition, using secure (theft resistant) number plate screws can make your plates less attractive to thieves
If you choose to leave your car unlocked overnight, remove all items from it.
Festive break advice
As the evenings and afternoons grow darker, Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership are reminding residents to keep homes secure and lit up to enjoy a safe festive period
- If you are going home to be out during the day give your home a lived in look by using a timer switch on lights to make sure a burglar thinks that someone is in. This is more effective if the timer switch is placed in a frequently used room – instead of a hallway – or in various room going on and off at different times.
- Please make sure your vehicle is properly secured, windows shut, locks activated and vehicle alarms activated. If you choose not to lock your car, remove all valuable items such as Sat Nav’s. Remember to wipe away any marks from inside the windscreen of any evidence that such a device has been attached.
- Keep all your gifts in a secure place and well out of sight until Christmas Day. – don’t hide them in the shed, garage or in view of windows and doors.
- Be mindful of how you dispose of gift packaging afterwards - don’t advertise that you have expensive new toys or electrical items by leaving the boxes outside where they can be seen.
- If you are going away don’t advertise this fact on social networking sites such as Facebook. Ensure your children don’t do this either.
Don’t get conned out of Christmas online – keep yourself cyber safe by following the tips on www.getsafeonline.org/christmas2015.
Crime Prevention Courses
The Hertfordshire’s Citizens’ Academy give you the chance to take interactive modules in crime prevention and community safety that have been developed alongside experts from Hertfordshire Constabulary. Helping you and your community safe through developing your knowledge of protection and crime prevention measures.
Crime Prevention Tips
Burglaries and thefts from vehicles normally increase during the festive period, however, there are simple steps that you can take to minimise the risks of becoming a victim of such crimes.
- Fit good quality locks on doors, windows, sheds and garages (and ensure that you use them!). Check your insurance policies – many of them have minimum security requirements for homes.
- Don’t leave a spare key outside your home in a ‘safe’ place and don’t keep your keys on a key ring which identifies what they unlock.
- Make sure you double lock UPVC doors, even when you are in (for most doors, this means lifting the handle and then turning the key).
- If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set if you go out.
- Use timer switches for lights or radios to make your home appear occupied if you are out.
- Keep ladders and tools locked away to prevent them from being used to break into a property.
Other useful crime prevention videos