Summer safety

Date published: 13 July 2022 14:25

The nights are getting lighter, the warmer weather has arrived and the kids are finishing school - it can mean only one thing summer is here!!

While we all welcome the better weather, we tend to see a spike in certain crimes over the summer period.

On this page we have put some tips and advice together to help keep you and your property safe over the summer months.

  • Close windows - When you leave the house or even if you are in the garden. If you have locks make sure they are on, especially on downstairs windows
  • Lock doors - Remember if you are in the garden or upstairs, do not leave your front door unlocked. Thieves can be in and out of your house in minutes
  • Secure your shed - if you have a shed or outhouse make sure it is locked at night. Use a coach bolt to secure hinges
  • Lock tools away - Remember to lock tools away, these can be stolen or used to force entry into your house
  • Use an alarm - If you have a house alarm don’t forget to use it when you go out
  • Going on holiday? - Never advertise that your home is going to be empty on social media
  • If you are planning on drinking, arrange a taxi or a lift home. Don’t take the risk and drink and drive
  • Never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks can get spiked. If you suspect your or someone else’s drink has been spiked, tell a member of door or bar staff, seek medical attention immediately, and contact the police
  • Let your friends know where you are so they know you’re safe and how to reach you if they need to
  • Earphones may appear attractive to potential attackers or robbers and may reduce your alertness to things happening around you
  • If you are carrying a bag make sure the clasp is facing inwards, all zips are closed correctly and all
    pockets closed
  • If your bag is snatched, let it go. Your safety is more important
  • Keep high-value items in a zip-up pocket or bag when you’re not using them
  • If you are threatened by someone, scream and shout and set off a personal attack alarm if you
    have one to startle the attacker this will give you vital seconds to escape. Try to mentally make a note of details such as registration plates, clothing, height etc. and then report the incident
    to the police

Rogue Traders

Rogue traders call at your door and offer to do work on your home or garden that will be either unnecessary or vastly over-priced. They have no qualifications to carry out the work and sometimes have links with distraction burglars.

  • Never agree to have a job carried out if you feel unsure or pressured into it – a genuine caller will not mind coming back at a more convenient time or giving you time to think about an offer
  • Never accept an offer to be driven to withdraw money from your bank or building society from anyone you do not know or do not trust
  • Never go to a bank or cash point with a trader; legitimate traders would never do this
  • Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into agreeing to have work carried out. If you ask them to leave and they don’t, call 999
  • Only use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends, or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before
  • Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot

Not sure? Don't answer the door

It seems simple but if you are not sure who is knocking at your door, don’t answer.

Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvements or gardening services, or bogus callers who are pretending to be from somewhere they are not.

Bogus officials / distraction burglary

Distraction burglary is when criminals call at your home pretending to be officials or asking for help with something. They make up a story to gain access to your home to steal from you.

Some work alone, but often they work in groups of two or more. They will find a way to get into your home and keep you talking while the other one searches around your house for cash and valuables.

They can be men, women or children and sometimes a combination. They could be in uniform pretending to be from your gas supplier, council or even the police.

  •  Lock your back door and close windows before you answer the door
  • Use a spy hole and chain to check who the caller is before you answer
  • Ask to see the caller’s ID, even if they have made an appointment to see you, and call their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to check they are genuine
  • Never leave the door open and unattended – close it until you return
  • Ask the caller to return another time when someone can be with you

Antisocial behaviour can affect everybody, and really impact on a person's quality of life.

Not all antisocial behaviour needs to be reported to the police, your local council also deal with some instances of antisocial behaviour.

For more information about antisocial behaviour and where to report it click here.

Report

If you witness anything suspicious or need to report a crime you can contact us through live chat, or our online portal here or by calling 101

If a crime is taking place or it is an emergency always call 999.