In any case, if you suspect anything suspicious call 101
If you own a bicycle, you might be interested to read police advice on how to keep it safe – guidance and tips on preventing bike crime can be found on the police web-site here: https://www.cambs-police.co.uk/crimeprevention/advice/advice.asp?ID=148
Also, please see the advice below again to help reduce the chance of you becoming a victim of crime:-
- Always lock your cycle wherever you leave it.
- Do not use a cheap lock, these are very easy to cut through and your bike will be gone in seconds.
- Invest in the best lock(s) you can afford – for maximum protection use two locks of different types, a D-lock of good quality and a robust chain with a closed shackle padlock (any bike shop should be able to offer advice). Use each lock to secure the wheels and frame to a fixed object.
- If you cycle to work, consider using an old bike rather than using your Sunday best.
- Use designated cycle racks or other immovable objects that the cycle cannot be lifted over -do not just lock the frame to the wheel.
- Leave it in a well-lit public area, if possible where lots of people frequent or it is covered by CCTV.
- At home – do not leave cycles unlocked in your garden or at the side of your house, even for a few seconds – that is all it takes to remove an insecure cycle.
- Lock cycles in sheds and garages, where possible to other items – consider the purchase of both ground or wall anchors and a shed alarm.
- Keep them out of sight – consider net curtains on shed windows.
- Consider marking the cycle with a permanent mark and register with www.immobilise.com. For an alternative, please see the above link.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary this summer.
Here are a few tips:
- Ensure you lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house.
- Garden entertaining – Please close all windows/doors at the front/side of your property when out of your sight, this is an ideal opportunity for a burglar to strike. Please do not be complacent and let your barriers down.
- Keep your house and car keys somewhere safe, especially out of sight and away from the letterbox. Remember a device could be used to hook the keys through the letterbox.
- Install good outside lighting – dusk to dawn (front) and motion sensor (rear).
- Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you go away on holiday.
- Use timers on your lights (lamp) or leave a radio on to make the property appear occupied.
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
- Be creative about where you store any high value items, such as: – jewellery.
- Ensure your fencing around your garden is in good condition, you could add trellis on the top to make it less appealing to climb.
- Securing bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object (ground anchor) inside a locked shed or garage. Look at purchasing a shed alarm and use adequate locks, such as: – closed shackle padlocks.
- Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
- Ensure any side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Use a closed shackle padlock or consider a Gatemate Long Throw Lock and Security Eschutcheon, this a Sold secure product with a Bronze accreditation. There are other similar accredited products on the market.
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property. For example: – trim high hedges.
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area.
- Take photos and mark your property with your post code and house number. You can also register any valuables for free with Immobilise. immobilise.com
Install a visual burglar alarm or CCTV. For further guidance on choosing the appropriate alarm and CCTV system for your home and approved suppliers visit : – National Security Inspectorate (NSI) www.nsi.org.uk and Security Systems and Alarms Inspectorate Board (SSAIB) www.ssaib.org.uk