Keeping your home safe from burglary
Police.UK offers guidance and advice on keeping your home safe throughout the year however burglaries tend to happen more during the summer months when people go on holiday.
Going away on holiday
Follow these tips to keep your home safe from burglaries when away:
- Make sure your house looks like someone is at home. Ask a family member of a trusted friend to house sit while you are away.
- Don't close your curtains – in the daytime this is a clear sign that your house is empty.
- Cancel any milk or online deliveries
- Avoid discussing specific date and times of when you’ll be away on social media or where strangers may hear your holiday plans.
- Mow the lawn before you go
- Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and any spare keys aren’t in sight from the outside.
- Ask a family member or a trusted friend to pick up your mail and clear out any junk mail
- Install a light on a timer switch that comes on in the evening. You can also get photosensitive bulbs that switch on when a certain level of darkness is reached. 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.
- If you normally leave valuable pedal cycles or similar in your shed, consider putting them in the house. Also make sure valuable items such as laptops, games consoles etc. are not in view from the outside.
- Mark valuable household belongings with your house number and postcode, and take photos of your property, particularly jewellery. You can then register your items for free at www.immobilise.com, a service that will assist the police in returning property to the rightful owner should it be stolen and recovered.
10 top tips to #StaySafe
With winter comes long, dark evenings and many busy celebrations that can attract potential thieves. So here are a few tips to help you stay safe at home during the dark evenings.
- Don’t tempt the burglars – make sure valuables are not in view from the outside
- Avoid discussing where you are and if you are alone on social media, especially if you are travelling at night
- A dark house is a green light to burglars so install an automatic timer-switch
- Make sure any spare keys aren’t in sight
- If you are walking home alone plan your route using well lit areas
- Avoid sharing your location on social media
- Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious
- If you are a driver, always park in a well-lit area
- If you are shopping, ensure your valuables are out of sight – the most common item stolen is a mobile phone so put it in your bag if you can’t close your pocket.
- If shopping online visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk for online security tips
For more information and advice visit the metropolitan police website.
Safer neighbourhoods board
The SNB works with Havering Police and Havering Council's Community Safety team to promote safety across the borough, and meets quarterly.
Key aims and objectives
Reporting to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) the SNB has five key aims to achieve that are to:
- ensure communities are more closely involved in problem solving and crime prevention
- have a broad remit to reflect MOPAC's broader responsibilities, whilst respecting the view that local people know best what is needed at the local level
- have a greater reach and ensure a more frequent refresh of ideas and views
- achieve greater coherence between different engagement mechanisms, so as to provide greater public accountability in policing and crime reduction
- make more efficient use of resources to deliver value for money and target funds at tackling issues of local concern and crime prevention
Chair of the SNB: Sasha Taylor
SNB members include Havering Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, Councillor Viddy Persaud along with representatives from the following.
- Havering's UK Youth Parliament Member
- Havering Early Help, YES and Troubled Families Service
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Havering Over 50s Forum
- Havering Association for People with Disabilities (HAD)
- Havering Victim Support
- Havering Stop and Search Monitoring Group
- Havering Inter-Faith Forum
- Havering Black and Minority-Ethnic Forum
- The Community Payback Scheme provider
- The Independent Advisory Group (on Havering Police)
- The Havering Independent Custody Visitors Panel and
- Three representatives from the Ward Panel Clusters
- Street watch
CCTV in Havering's town centres
Pictures from our cameras are continuously monitored at the Council's CCTV Suite. The Police are informed of suspicious incidents as they arise and can be directed to the exact location by CCTV operators.
Types of offences that can lead to arrests include:
- possession of drugs
- unauthorised taking of motor vehicles
- public order offences
You can only request footage by making a freedom of information request.