How To Shop Online Safely Check the web address
Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.
Is it a secure connection?
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.
Don’t click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.
Bank transfers 65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary.
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