Essex is a safe county and the chances of you, a friend or a member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime are low.
However there are a number of steps you can take to keep yourself safe. Planning your journeys, staying alert and avoiding poorly lit alleyways and car parks are just a few.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a charity devoted to providing
practical support and personal safety guidance. Visit the trust's website
for detailed advice and take a look at our tips below.
Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves.
In two out of 10 burglaries they don’t even have to use force – they get in through an open door or window. Most burglars do not want to draw attention to themselves so they will try and get into the house, garage or shed without being seen or heard.
You can reduce the likelihood of being burgled by taking
Examine all doors, ensure they are fitted with 5 lever mortise deadlocks (British Standard Kitemark BS3621).
Ensure windows are fitted with locking handles or additional
locks, but know
Consider investing in a small secured safe that can
house items of jewellery,
Take photographs of valuable and sentimental items and
Keep your doors locked when you’re at home, even
when popping out to
Never leave house or car keys where they can be seen
from a window or
Ensure your home looks occupied – use time switches to turn on lights, radios and other appliances when you’re out. Cancel milk, newspaper and other known deliveries.
Consider installing a burglar alarm – but obtain professional advice beforehand.
Prevent intruders getting to the back and sides of your home by installing strong fencing or gates.
Some burglars try to trick their way in to peoples homes.
They may say they
They can be young (even children) or old, male or female,
and might work alone or in teams. They often target the elderly and can
be convincing, persuasive and produce
By using the advice given below you can protect yourself
Lock – keep your doors and windows
locked, even when you’re at home.
Chain – put the door bar or chain on before you open the door.
Check – check their identity carefully. Ask for an ID card.
Close the door and check using a phone number from the
phone book or a
If in doubt, keep them out, particularly if you’re
on your own. Ask them to make an
Be ready to give as many details as you can about the
Remember, the earlier police are notified that bogus
callers or distraction
Garage or Shed
Garages and sheds are often full of expensive tools, which are ideal for breaking into the rest of the house.
Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to your home.
Fit strong padlocks to shed and garage doors, and make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in.
Visibly and permanently security mark tools, bicycles,
Secure tools, mowers and other machinery to the wall
or floor with a high security chain fixed to a sturdy anchor point, or
within a locked steel box.
If you witness a burglary or you see anyone acting suspiciously
Further detailed information on crime prevention is available here:
or via the Tendring Crime Prevention Officer – David Gilles– 101 EXT 440387
Visit the following site for more information on home protection:
For information on how to protect your garden view our Rich Pickings information leaflet.
Vehice crime can be distressing, annoying and cause a lot of inconvenience, as well as leaving you out of pocket. That’s why security features should be as important as any other feature. It is often opportunistic, but there are easy ways to outsmart the thief by following the tips below:
Leanne Thornton Community Safety Manager
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