Village Hall Winteringham
UK Registered Charity Number 1171259
Winteringham Neighbourhood Watch
The Neighbourhood Watch has received the following notices from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team:
12 December 2018
There was a burglary reported in Winteringham yesterday. Whilst we do not want to concern residents, we would like to remind everyone of some basic home security measures which can significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of burglary:
1. Keep doors and windows locked even when you are in your house. Insecurities account for a third of all dwelling burglary.
2. The most likely entry point for a burglar is via the rear so do not neglect security there.
3. Do not leave portable valuables on display within reach from a window i.e. laptop left on the kitchen side – window smashed, laptop grabbed, 3 seconds.
4. Ensure your car is locked and there are no valuables on display in it, particularly overnight.
5. Fit an alarm or a dummy alarm box. Many people point out that when an alarm sounds nobody takes any notice these days. The burglar will though.
6. Install a security light which works on a movement sensor to light up areas which a burglar may use for cover.
7. Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are not in.
8. Fit trellis along the top of fencing at the rear as this will break if a burglar tries to climb over your fence. Spiky / prickly bushes and climbers are also a deterrent.
9. Ensure any gates at the rear are locked, not just with a bolt near the top which can be opened by reaching over.
10. Consider fitting a safe – not in the wardrobe which is too obvious but in the floor under a rug or behind a picture on the wall.
11. Thieves do not want to be seen and the best surveillance is often provided by neighbours who live opposite or who overlook your property. Do not allow bushes and hedges to grow too high.
12. Keep makes, models and serial numbers of all valuables especially IT and register them on www.immobilise.com
13. Consider the security on your shed. Is it proportionate to the value of items you keep inside such as cycles and garden equipment? e.g. an expensive cycle stored in a wooden shed with only a £2.50 padlock for security. It is also worth noting that a burglar will sometimes use an item which is easily taken from a poorly secured shed to facilitate their entry into a house.
14. Do not leave your car keys in clear view and close to the front door. Even consider taking them upstairs with you when you go to bed. Some burglars use a fishing rod through your letterbox to take the keys if they can see them within reach.
15. Report all suspicious circumstances. Door-to-door salesman appertaining to be selling energy or double-glazing are often checking out and planning future burglaries or even trying their luck there and then if they get no reply to knocking. In rural communities, local residents know when someone or something looks out of place far more than in urban areas.
If you see any suspicious activity then please call 999 if you believe a crime is about to be committed or 101 if you noted suspicious activity which has now passed. If you are able to get descriptions of persons or vehicle details without putting yourself in any danger, then that would be valuable information.
Many thanks for your continued support.
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22 November 2018
A copy of the Humber Resilience Forum's booklet Life is not always predictable - Let's Get Ready for the Unexpected is availble to download here. Copies are also available at the village shop for anyone who does not have internet access. So, if you know of anyone who does not have internet access please let them know where they can get a copy or get one for them and pass it on. Thank you for your co-operation with this.
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