Preventing Personal Theft – Police advice
19/12/2013 12:18:00......Posted by Lynne Hale
It is particularly important at this time of year that we are all extra vigilant in relation to burglary. We know that burglars particularly target homes during the festive period when people are often away and or have new equipment therein. Please do be extra vigilant and if you see any suspicious behaviour call 999.
The theft of jewellery in particular is a most distressing matter and although the chance of this ever happening is quite small, residents should be aware of what they can do to keep their property safe.
Keep your jewellery safe
• Don’t leave it on display in your home. Thieves are known to target bedrooms and lofts
• Invest in a safe securely fixed to a brick wall or use a bank safety deposit box to store high value items
• Be discreet if wearing jewellery in public
• Photograph each piece of valuable gold or jewellery, keep a written description and get a valuation from your insurance company in case it is stolen
• Make sure your jewellery is property marked with a product suitable for jewellery.
Visit www.securedbydesign.com for more information.
Keep thieves out
• Lock all external windows and doors including rear and side entrances when you go out
• Review your current home security arrangements to ensure that they are adequate. For more information visit www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention
• Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Visit: www.neighbourhoodwatch.net
• Be aware that thieves sometimes ring the doorbell to check whether someone is in. If someone unexpected comes to your door and you are suspicious, call 999 and give details such as a description of them, their car and licence plate. They may ask for someone you
don’t know or offer services such as gardening as an excuse.
For more information visit www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention or contact your local Safer
Neighbourhoods Team, contact details on the website www.met.police.uk
The Metropolitan Police Service is here for London, working with residents to make London a safer city. In an emergency dial 999.
For all other enquiries call their non-emergency number 101 or visit their website