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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Protect your Home

There’s plenty you can do to imrpove home security. The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Bumblebee website is packed with useful advice including a Virtual House Tour that highlights vulnerable areas of your home, as well as dedicated sections on windows, doors, lighting, gardens, alarms and apartments.

Here are the Met’s Top 10 tips for securing your home:

  • Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.
  • Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Remember - LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
  • Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
  • Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
  • Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
  • Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items, and securely fix it to a solid surface.
  • Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
  • Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.
  • Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to
  • remove hiding places.
  • Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register items with serial numbers at the national property register Immobilise.

Summer Home Security

Summer! This means that its time to be thinking of a security check for your home.

Burglaries happen more often now as windows are left open, and doors are left unlocked. If you are in the back garden, with your front door left unlocked, all you are doing is presenting an opportunity for a burglar. Remember to always lockyour front door when at home, and always close your windows when you go out.

Read more: Summer Home Security

Home Safety

There was a time when everyone would feel safe once they closed their door and were indoors.

Now, with all the stories we hear in the media, many people are feeling worried even when they are indoors.

 

This guide from the Our Watch site provides some advice on improving home security.

 

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 Safer Homes Guide

 

Burglars Love Hot Weather

Burglary with open doors

Members of the public are being urged to keep their windows and doors secure following a number of opportunistic burglaries across the county.

In recent weeks we have seen temperatures reach the highest on record for many years which means many of us are doing all we can to keep ourselves and our homes as cool as possible.

Unfortunately some criminals take advantage of this and steal from homes where they see an opportunity through an open door or window.

Officers will be on the lookout for homes which have been left vulnerable while they are out and about, however members of the public are being asked to help us reduce the number of opportunistic burglaries and keep doors and windows closed where possible.

Detective Sergeant Mark Plitsch said: “We understand the need to open up doors and windows in this very hot weather, however we need residents to do their bit by making it more difficult for burglars and also report any suspicious activity. Our advice is to keep doors and windows closed if you are not in that room and make sure you close and lock them when you leave the house. All it takes is a few seconds for a burglar to reach inside an open window and take a set of car keys for example, or enter your home through an open patio door while you’re upstairs. Particularly through the night, make sure all ground-level doors and windows are closed and locked."

Burglary

If you are a victim of burglary,  the impact is not just financial it can affect your emotional well-being and your sense of security. The first thing to remember is that it’s normal to feel upset about a burglary in your home. You may experience the emotional after-effects for a few days, a few weeks or longer – or they may come in waves. Try to remember that it takes time to get over something like burglary, but that you should try to avoid dwelling on it as much as possible. What you’re feeling is normal, and if you look after yourself, you will feel better. 

What should you do?

If you see a burglary happening, or has just happened and the offenders are still in the area, call 999. The police will attend straight away.

If you find a burglary has happened when you come home you can use report online or call 101.  The police will then attend as soon as they can.

A crime report will be created and you will be given a crime reference number.  

Further information from the police is available on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary  Website.

More Help and Advice

There are a number of organistions that can give you help and advice on what to do and also to offer you support. 

  • Victim Support are a very good source of help and information  - their burglary section is here and their leaflet can be downloaded here
  • The  Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme  will help secure your home. This is a free service for those aged 60 and over. 
  • A helpful list of things to do can be found on the Police.uk site