Crime Reduction Department
Essex Police - Uttlesford
For just a few pounds there are a variety of
different technological solutions that can massively increase the security of
your property e.g. the ‘sneak-in alarm’. A simple device that you hang over the
inside metal door handle and switch on (specially good for technophobes). If
anyone touches the outside handle it will activate with a piercing siren. They
are under £10 and will deter those trying to get into side and backdoors
possibly to steal car keys?? There are all sorts of other goodies and if you
buy in bulk you can get a job lot for very little (a box of 25 sneak ins come
out at under £3 each). Also there are shed alarms which will scare off the most
determined of intruders at around £10 each.
Despite repeated warnings we are finding
that over 50% of our thefts from vehicles are from cars that have not been
Please, please, please take the simple step
of LOCKING YOUR CAR!
SECURITY - Most
homes are burgled during daylight hours by opportunists.
- Make your home
looks and feel occupied.
- Leave a radio
switched on to a talking station
- Using low
energy bulbs, fit daylight sensors to some interior lights, so that they
come on when it gets dark, dull or overcast.
- Do not close your
curtains during the day.
- Close your
garage door if you remove your car..
- Secure your
- Repair fences
and fit trellis to the tops.
- Use Defensive
Planting on vulnerable boundaries -Berberis, Hawthorn, Pyracantha etc.
- Cut back
undergrowth and lower hedges in your front garden to at least 4 feet.
- Secure your
- If you don’t
have multi-point locking (as fitted to most modern U-PVC doors) ensure
that all external locks conform to BS3621
- Fit additional
locks to windows. Use push-button locks on frequently-used windows.
installing an intruder alarm. Modern systems are very reliable and are
far less expensive than most people think. See above as well.
- Protect your
- Invest in a
small safe (around £25.00) and use it keep your valuables safe – incl
spare credit cards, driving licence, passports etc.
- Security mark
all your electronics and other valuables.
GARAGE SECURITY - Many
sheds and garages are burgled at night
- Site your shed
near your house and fit good exterior lighting.
- Fit a
close-shackled padlock to your shed and bolt the fittings
through the door and frame.
- Hang net
curtains at shed & garage windows – Burglars seldom steal what they
- Secure garden
equipment, cycles, mowers, ladders and power tools with a steal cable.
- Drill a hole
in the runners of up-and-over doors (just above the wheels) and fit a
bolt or padlock to prevent the door from opening.
- If your garage
has a back door, fit a lock certified to BS3621
- Property mark
all tools and equipment.
SECURITY - Now a
high-value commodity, heating oil is often stolen at night
MOVE IT: If the tank is located
away from the house, move it closer where you can keep a better eye on it
SCREEN IT: If the tank can be seen from the
road, then screen it with fencing or hedging.
CAGE IT: Consider building a metal cage
around it with a secure entrance gate.
CONCEAL PIPE WORK: Reduce the locations that it can be
attacked. Conceal external pipe work.
CUT THE POWER
SUPPLY: Ensure that
any electrical control boxes or switches are in a secure environment. (Your
vehicles as far away from your tank as possible, Use locked gates, parking
posts or hooped barriers. Install a driveway alert
INVEST IN GOOD LIGHTING: Fit movement activated lighting and
consider the type that activates a buzzer in the house when it switches on.
Adjust the sensitivity to prevent false alarms.
CHECK YOUR HOME
that your home insurance covers you for the loss/theft of your heating oil.
CAR AND VAN SECURITY – Vehicle security is very good these
days – It’s usually the owners who are the problem!
- On the Driveway
- If possible,
garage your car. Many people fill their garage with junk and leave their
£20,000 car on the driveway!
- Modern cars
cannot be taken without the keys. Thieves will sometimes burgle houses to
get them, so do not leave them lying around. Take your keys to bed!
- If you have a
van, reverse it up to a wall to deter theft of its contents.
- Always remove
valuables (incl portable sat navs) and lock your car – even
if it’s kept in the garage. See above – a car thief told me recently that
1 in 5 cars are not locked!
- Away from home
- Lock your
vehicle whenever you go to pay for fuel.
- Do not leave
valuable items in view, especially wallets, handbags and portable
- In attended car
parks, always park near the attendant’s kiosk and do not leave the ticket
in the car.
- Park in
CONVERTER THEFTS –
A new trend caused by the escalating value of scrap metal.
- Ensure that
your compound is well lit.
- Park you
vehicles closely together, against a wall if possible.
- Secure your
yard – mend holes in fences.
- Install CCTV.
- If possible,
allow staff to take vehicles home.
- Private Owners
- 4x4s and high
wheelbase cars should be garaged.
- Fir movement
- Install a
TRAILER AND HORSEBOX SECURITY – usually working at night, thieves in rural areas
will often travel across fields to reach their targets.
- Farms, yards
- Fit lockable
gates if possible.
- If you live
near the yard, install movement activated lighting or leave lights on all
- Consider CCTV
- Remove the
rear light bulbs – Police will usually stop vehicles travelling at night
trailer close to a wall and fit a hooped barrier over the A-frame.
- Fit wheel
clamps, hitch-locks and alarms
dwellings and driveways.
- Fit parking
posts in front of trailers and caravans.
hitch-locks and wheel clamps.
- Fit an alarm
- Remove rear
postcode on the caravan roof.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SECURITY COMPANIES,
PRODUCTS OR SERVICES, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CRIME REDUCTION OFFICER ON
01376 556 233 (Uttlesford) or 01376 556210 (Braintree)
advice given in this document does not guarantee that you won’t again be a
victim of crime, but merely suggests measures that might deter criminal
activity. No contract, either express or implied, has been entered into with
Essex Police, its officers, staff, agents or employees.