Keep Your Home Safe This Christmas
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Keeping your home safe from fire is always important but with the Christmas festivities looming we must be aware of the dangers!
Keeping your home safe from fire is always important but with the Christmas festivities looming we must be aware of the dangers such as Christmas lights, open fires, overloaded ashtrays and with the added high spirits due to alcohol people can become lax in the home.
Again burglary is always an issue but with the houses full of expensive /top of the range presents the Christmas period can be very rewarding for potential thieves.
Guests. . .
Sgt Edward Daly - Crime Prevention Office
Adrian Sutton - Fire Safety Officer
Sgt. Daly's Advice. . .
1. What time a burglary is most likely to happen?
-School Runs morning and afternoon
2. What houses are most at risk & Why?
. New Housing Estates -occupants may be newly married - both people working - house vacant.
. Houses because of their location. For example those that may back onto a railway line, open space, pedestrian walkway, and end of road unit.
. House that allows limited natural surveillance by other people - shrubbery, trees overgrown, not overlooked by adjacent properties, in isolated areas.
. Houses that lack any visible security devices - e.g. no alarm, insufficient lighting, poor window or door locks.
. Housing design that can assist easy entry - sliding patio doors, side entry doors, poor window and door construction - e.g. easily removed window beading or door lock combinations that must be always locked after you.
3. How burglars identify their targets?
1. Lack of natural surveillance.
2. Obvious signs the occupant is away
3. Car space vacant.
4. Death lists in papers, watches occupant leaving/collecting children to/from school.
5. The burglar sees poor security and takes his chances.
6. Lack of visible deterrents.
4. What to do when confronted with suspicion?
-Trust your intuition - if you suspect somebody is doing something suspicious they more than likely are.
-Have a pre-arranged system in place with your neighbours e.g. if you are out and your alarm goes out have a neighbour text you and ask them to check.