Burglary Prevention Advice

Date Posted: 22-06-2016

Neighbourhood watch week


During this year’s 
National Neighbourhood Watch Week, we’ve collected some of the most useful burglary prevention advice for residents in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.

What is National Neighbourhood Watch Week?

Neighbourhood Watch was set up with the aim of bringing “neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.” The scheme itself originated in the USA in 1964 until eventually moving over to the UK in 1982. After 25 years of local Neighbourhood Watch groups, in 2007 a nationwide umbrella organisation was set up bringing together local, county and regional groups with the support of the police and the Home Office.

National Neighbourhood Watch Week (NNWW) is a week set aside to highlight the Neighbourhood Watch movement and present advice and community workshops to residents across the country. This National Neighbourhood Watch Week began on the 18th of June and will run until the 26th of June.

Here’s some advice to keep your home safe this NNWW and throughout the summer.

Burglary Prevention in Summer

Windows and Doors

Recent statistics suggest that one in every three burglaries occur as a result of an unlocked door. Particularly during warmer weather, we find ourselves leaving windows and doors open to cool our houses, however, this is also leaving your home susceptible to thieves. Whether opportunistic or pre-planned, thieves see unlocked doors as a perfect chance to get into your home without detection or leaving a trace of their entry.

Advice by police is that if you do wish to open a window or a door to let the air in, make sure you remain in that room and if you choose to move to a different part of the house or even to the garden, close and lock the window.

Cold Callers

The lighter summer evenings bring longer hours for cold callers to stop by your house. While a large portion of these callers come with the sole purpose of selling to you, there has been a concerning rise in people using cold calling as a distraction technique before carrying out a burglary. To spot a distraction burglar before they strike follow these tips:

  • Ask the cold caller for their name and the company they are working on behalf of
  • Ask for identification and, if they are traders, whether they are members of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme or the Government Trust Mark scheme.
  • Do not allow them to enter your property.
  • If they suggest any work that needs carrying out on your property, discuss the details with a friend or family member first.
  • Do not sign up to anything on the spot.
  • NEVER pay cash up front or go to a cash point with the trader.

Finally, the most important piece of advice issued by police is to call 101 if you suspect a rogue trader or 999 if the distraction burglary is in progress.

Garden Furniture and Outbuildings

Glorious summer days can be few and far between in Britain so when the sun does shine many of us like to take advantage and spend days and evenings in the garden. This can mean that more items of worth like garden furniture can often be left outside to avoid wasting time packing it all away. This is a bad idea if your garden is open or accessible in any way to outsiders whether by gates or low fences and walls. To avoid the risk of having these items stolen, securely lock them away in a shed or garage each and every time.

It is also best to ensure that the outbuildings themselves have adequate security. An old rusty lock that is barely holding together will not protect against intruders should your outbuildings be targeted.

The Safe Deposit Centre Manchester

Here at The Safe Deposit Centre we provide secure storage in a wide range of sizes to protect your valuables. Safe deposit boxes are held within a highly secure, grade 10 vault and guarded by a range of security including biometrics. We also offer flexible memberships making The Safe Deposit Centre an excellent alternative to storing valuables in your home. For more information call us on 0161 273 7487.

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