En­sure you have ef­fec­tive light­ing around home

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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

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