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:

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  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:

  1. Ensure you lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Install good outside lighting – dusk to dawn (front) and motion sensor (rear).
  5. Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you go away on holiday.
  6. Use timers on your lights (lamp) or leave a radio on to make the property appear occupied.
  7. Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
  8. Be creative about where you store any high value items, such as: – jewellery.
  9. Ensure your fencing around your garden is in good condition, you could add trellis on the top to make it less appealing to climb.
  10. 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.
  11. Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
  12. 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.
  13. Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property. For example: – trim high hedges.
  14. Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area.
  15. Take photos and mark your property with your post code and house number.  You can also register any valuables for free with Immobilise.

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) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspectorate Board (SSAIB)