Ensure you have effective lighting around home
Although crime is low, we have to take basic precautions to ensure we continue to enjoy the high quality of life we have been accustomed to in the North-east.
When you leave your garage, shed or outbuilding, make sure they are locked. This is also applicable to your home and vehicle. Alarms from about £5 can be installed as a cost effective but very efficient way of alarming a garage, shed or outbuilding. Driveway/passage alarms which activate in your home if anyone passes by them can be bought and easily installed from as little as £15. Ensure you have effective lighting around your home, vehicle, garden, garage, shed and outbuilding. Installing a PIR movement detection light with built-in CCTV cameras offers very low cost CCTV and effective lighting. The unit has built-in recording equipment so there is no need to purchase a recorder. And don’t leave valuables in your car. Contact us for the Home Security Quiz. It is full of advice and helpful hints. And as summer approaches some of us may be heading off to warmer climes. When going on holiday make your home look occupied while you are away. Use timer devices and tilt blinds so houses look occupied but there is no direct line of sight into your home. Get a neighbour to check your home on a daily basis and get them to remove built-up post. Remember to cancel the milk and papers. Do not announce you are going on holiday on social media sites. This is the time of year where many take out their twowheeled machines from winter storage. Many of these expensive machines, with or without an engine, will not be property marked. Even a registration plate on a motorcycle is not sufficient. Many motorcyclists are now installing tracking devices. Spring and summer is also the time where doorstep crime is more prevalent. Don’t feel pressured into agreeing to immediate work. Don’t agree to use the first person who calls. Is the work necessary? Don’t pay cash up front. Do shop around. Legitimate companies will provide details of your cancellation rights for jobs over £42 and seldom cold call. If the quote is cheap, there is usually a good reason – the work is often sub-standard and what looks like a good deal could cost you a lot more in the long term. In general, be wary of cold calling tradesmen. It’s simple, say “No”, close the door and if you have concerns telephone 101. If in doubt – keep them out! Contact us if you want a door sticker that explains you do not accept cold calling. Consider contacting Trading Standards to assist you in setting up a “No Cold Calling Zone” in your area. Finally, report anything suspicious and look out for the vulnerable residents in your community.
For further advice please e-mail us at Northeast Preventions Interventions@ scotland. pnn.police.uk