Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Making Your Home Safer

We continue to have thefts and burglaries

The police work hard to catch the offenders but please remain vigilant and do everything you can to make your home safer.

 What can you do? 

It's important to make your home as protected as possible to ensure that it is a safe place

  • Make sure all points of entry to your home or property have locks. 
  • If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it - LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE.  
  • Put keys in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
  • Make sure you lock up before going to bed at night. 
  • Don't leave your keys in doors and windows or hanging within easy reach of the front door. 
  • When you leave the property, no matter for how long, make sure that entry points are all locked.
  • Windows that are left insecure or partially open are often used as a means of entry into your home.
  • Think about further security measures - a fence, burglar alarm or security lights likely to deter burglars. They can also decrease your insurance payments.
  • To help you feel secure when answering your door, fit a spy hole so you can see who is calling. You should also fit a door chain.
  • Don't let anyone into the property that you feel unsure about, and always ask to see identification if they don't have any, do not let them in.

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

 

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