Home and Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice
Humberside Police have been made aware that there may have been burglaries, stolen vehicles or attempts of these that have not been reported. It is very important to report these to us as soon as possible. This is not only to begin the investigation but to also allow us to assess the scale of the issue, which may allow us to take further action to prevent future incidents and deal with offenders.
Reports can be made to us as below:
Protect your home
We work hard to prevent burglary and bring offenders to justice, however there are actions that householders can take to reduce the risk of being burgled.
Often many homes are left unsecured with doors and windows left open or unlocked, which provide easy access for a thief.
Follow our tips below:
Make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when you’re not in the room. Nearly half of all burglaries are down to someone leaving a door or window open
Make sure nothing of value is left on show to tempt thieves into breaking into your property.
Take your keys up to bed with you at night. This prevents thieves stealing your car.
Think about fitting a burglar alarm and security lighting – both to your home and outbuildings. It may be expensive, but they are very effective deterrents and can bring down your insurance costs.
Sheds, garages and gardens
Often the security of gardens and outbuilding buildings in them are forgotten about, while people focus on ensuring homes are safe. However by making a few modifications sheds and garages, along with the equipment stored in them can be made more secure.
Homeowners should make sure that sheds and garages have good quality lock and hinges.
They should consider fitting deterrents in the garden like movement sensitive floodlights as these will leave thieves feeling exposed. Likewise alarms on sheds and garages will deter thieves as they would not want to be spotted in out buildings taking property.
Garden tools, DIY equipment and leisure items such as fishing and golf equipment should be locked away in storage cupboards within outbuildings to form a second line of defence to thieves.
Motorbike and pedal cycles should also be locked even when they are in a shed or garage.
To assist the police in recovering and returning stolen property, people should register valuables onto www.Immobilise.com. Cycles, golf and fishing equipment and tools can be easily added onto the property register and then this assists the force in identifying property as stolen/lost, bring offenders to justice and stop the items being sold via second hand stores. The system can also allow owners to upload pictures of unique items.
As well as protecting property in sheds and garages people can also stop thieves stealing plants by using heavy plant pots which will be less desirable to walk off with and ensure that unused garden furniture and tools are stored securely out of sight.
Protect your home while you are on holiday.
Don’t leave your house looking unoccupied
Mow the lawn before you leave so that it doesn’t look like a meadow by the time you get back.
Leave curtains and blinds open – nothing reveals that a house is unoccupied so much as curtains drawn during the day.
Cancel milk and newspapers and any other regular deliveries.
Ask a neighbour to remove free newspapers and post from your doormat if they can be seen through a glass panel or through the letterbox.
Install a light on a timer switch that comes on in the evening. If you are using a light on a timer, don’t use it with a table lamp that can be viewed through a window – a dead giveaway.
Keep your valuables safe
Keep valuables out of sight and don’t leave them where they can be seen through a window.
If you conceal valuables in your home, avoid obvious hiding places such as your sock drawer or in a fake food can in the kitchen – burglars are wise to this trick.
Try not to leave anything you would hate to lose in the house while you are away
Given that most burglars are opportunists and their motive is generally to get in, get something of value and then get out as fast as possible, your intruder might be encouraged to leave after finding a fake hoard rather than turning your house upside down to find anything of real value.
Don't tell everyone you're on holiday
Don’t tell people outside immediate friends and family that you are going away or for how long.
Don’t talk about your planned holiday on social media - you don’t know who can read your comments, or who they will tell.
If you want to make sure you get an approved locksmith to fit your locks please use the Master Locksmiths Association. Why use the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA)? Are you looking for a locksmith near you? Make sure you use one who has met the 3 key criteria of being:- vetted; inspected and qualified.
Protect your vehicle
Your car. It may feel like a safe place – perhaps even your own little bubble full of comforts and mod cons – but opportunistic criminals won’t see it that way.
Thankfully, protecting your car from would-be thieves is easy.
-Protect your little run around by following the simple advice:
-Don’t make it easy for thieves. Believe it or not, most cars are stolen because they’re unlocked. Say no more.
-Never leave the keys in the ignition: a prime example is when paying for petrol or warming your car on an icy day.
-Hide car documents and keys at home.
-Think about where you’re parking. Use a well-lit, secure car park rather than a dark alley. Also, think about your personal safety when returning to your car.
-Don’t leave anything– CDs, cheque books, even an old coat – on show inside as they may be tempting for thieves.
-With satnavs in particular, make sure you not only remove the device from view but also its cradle – and don’t forget to wipe away any telltale sucker marks on the windscreen, too.
-Consider investing and using an alarm as a deterrent.
Parking your car
-Making sensible parking choices is a great way to improve the security of your vehicle:
-The most secure location is in your locked and alarmed garage, while the next best thing is to park as close to your home as possible – whether that be on a drive or on the street directly outside your property.
-A well-lit drive where another vehicle is present also makes a great deterrent to put off any would-be thieves.
-Avoid locations where your vehicle will be hidden from general view, like behind tall bushes or advertising boards.
-Busy, overlooked or CCTV-monitored parking areas are far safer than deserted side streets or back alleys. When leaving your vehicle parked after dark, consider the lighting and how remote the location may become in the early evening and overnight.
-Some of the safest public car parks are those displaying the Park Mark Safer Parking Tick. To find an approved car park in your area, visit www.parkmark.co.uk.
-The potential for small vans to contain tools and petty cash can sometimes make them appealing to criminals - but there are many ways you can protect your vehicle and make it less desirable to thieves.
-By keeping doors locked, windows closed and alarms active at all times, it will be harder for them to break in and steal either the vehicle itself or anything inside.
-Never leave valuables or things that could resemble them on display, and don’t carry satnavs, trade spares or other unnecessary items if they aren’t being used.
-Tools and stock items should always be removed from the van overnight – displaying signage explaining this to be the case is also very helpful.
-Satnavs should be removed slightly prior to your destination, along with their cradle and any lasting sucker marks on the window, while leaving roof bars and external load boxes or tubes empty and unlocked can help avoid any costly inquisitive forced entries.
-If possible, park your van so the rear and side doors are tight to walls, garage doors or other vehicles to hinder direct access and any physical attacks.
Protect your motorbike
Motorbikes can be lifted and carried away even when locked, so ones left vulnerable are especially attractive to thieves.
Here are four handy ways for you to keep your bike safe and sound.
Always secure your motorcycle with the fork and ignition locks, remembering to remove the keys
Set the alarm and immobiliser every time you leave it unattended. Don’t have an alarm? Consider having one fitted and look for it to be Thatcham or equivalent security graded.
Invest in a quality Sold Secure chain and padlock and always lock the bike to an immovable object, like a bike park securing rail or a ground anchor.
Chain and anchor the bike even when storing it in a garage or shed at home, and consider fitting a disc lock.
Parking your motorbike
When parking a motorbike, remember to think about a few added considerations.
Always chain your bike to a floor anchor or solid, immovable structure. If a fixed anchor point is not available, chain two bikes together.
Try to park out the general view of passers-by to minimise the chance of your bike being seen by an opportunistic criminal.
If the bike is on open view in the street or in your garden, cover it with a bike cover. This stops thieves from surveying what type of security devices you are using and planning how to overcome them.
Hull East Neighbourhood Policing Team
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