SEASONAL & LATEST ADVICE
Campsite and Car Park Advice
Don’t let your guard down while on holiday, it doesn’t take long to become a victim of crime.
- When camping if you don’t need it don’t take it. You don’t need to take expensive jewellery.
- Split your valuables up, money, phone etc.
- Register your mobile phone to www.immobilise.com
- Post code your property, using a uv or permanent marker pen ~ it reduces the sell on value.
- Place valuable property inside a bag and tuck it into your sleeping bag when you go to sleep.
- Even in your tent is padlocked it offers little security and can be easily entered..
- Make friends with your camping neighbours and look out for each other.
Theft from Vehicles
- When parking outside try to park your car in an attended car park such as a Park and Ride.
- Look for a public car park which is part of the police approved Park Mark scheme and displays the Park Mark® brand. Some car parks also have ‘Secure Car Park' accreditation – look for the sign. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk for more information.
- Always lock doors and close windows every time you leave your car. Take care of keys.
- Tuck in wing mirrors and to discourage vandals.
- Remove valuables or important documents from the glove box and if possible leave it open.
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- Never leave valuables on show in your car. Remember to BOOT IT away
July Environmental Crime
Any of the below actions can have a negative effect on our surroundings and is considered an environmental crime.
- abandoned vehicles
- dog fouling
Living in a well-kept environment is important for our physical and mental well-being.
Not only does fly-tipping make the environment unsightly, it can be dangerous for you, as the rubbish may contain items like toxic waste, asbestos or syringes. It may also attract pests such as rats and flies.
Neath Port Talbot’s Council’s Waste Enforcement Team has successfully prosecuted people for fly tipping and other related offences.
Reports of dog fouling, littering, fly tipping or other environmental crimes can be made by calling the Council’s Contact Centre on (01639) 686868 or report on line or via email at email@example.com
What can you do to prevent criminality in waste activities?
If you require your waste to be moved or disposed of make sure that you employ a registered waste carrier, use an authorised waste management facility, landfill or exemption.
Make sure that you receive a Waste Transfer Note from the carrier or authorised waste facility for your waste. You must keep the note for two years.
Make sure that you check that the carrier is taking your waste to an authorised waste management facility or landfill.
June ~ Holiday and Festival Security
Are you going on holiday? If yes, think about the following:-
- Do not boast about your holiday on social networking sites until after you get back. Many burglars use these sites to identify “safe” targets.
- Aim to make your home look as though it is occupied -don't close the curtains in the day time,
- Use automatic timer switches to turn your lights, TV or radio on.
- Royal Mail’s Keepsafe Service will for a small fee to hold your mail for up to two months and deliver it on your return, avoiding a pile of mail in the hall.
- Ask a neighbour or relative to keep an eye on your home for you, if possible park their car on your driveway.
- Don't put your home address on your luggage when travelling to your holiday destination.
- Ensure you lock all doors and windows & if you have one set your burglar alarm.
- Remove obvious temptation ~ car keys hanging by the front door.
- Prepare for the worst. Back up and password protect your computer.
- Don’t leave answer machine messages stating you are away.
- Consider making a quick run-through around the house with a video recorder, listing all the valuables.
Going to a summer festival?
- If you don’t need it don’t take it. You don’t need to wear your expensive watch.
- Keep your valuables split up. Money, phone etc. Keep cash secure and out of sight in a zipped pocket or money belt.
- Drink plenty of water between alcoholic drinks. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you are not in full control.
- Stay with your friends especially at night and stick to well lit paths.
- Be aware of your surroundings ~ don’t wander around with headphones on.
- Decide on a strategy if you do get lost. Where will you go to meet each other?
- Move away from any anti-social/dangerous behaviour.
- Don’t be a victim of peer pressure. You don’t want to find yourself in court – it could impact on your reputation, travel plans and employment prospects.
- Ensure your car is left secure.
- Don’t be tempted to leave valuables in your vehicle, if possible empty the glove box and leave open.
- Where possible use a ‘lock up’.
- Post code your property.
Christmas Crime Prevention Advice
Use That Paw
Lock That Door
Have a crime free Christmas this year. Follow our advice to reduce your chance of having an unhappy Christmas.
· At home keep your windows and doors and locked at all times.
· Don’t leave valuable presents on view.
· Remember to lock doors and windows every time you leave your vehicle.
· Keep your belongings in the boot and out of sight.
· When out celebrating this Christmas stay safe by staying with your friends.
· Plan ahead, how are you getting home?
· Don’t get involved in fights – walk away.
· Drink in moderation. Eat something before you go out. Take breaks and have a soft drink now and again.
· Know your own limits. Don’t try to keep up with everyone else.
· Keep your valuables safe remember to fasten your bag when out and about.
· Don’t let alcohol ruin your night – don’t do something that you will regret.
November Crime Prevention Advice
With the shorter days, you are likely to be returning home from work in the dark. Use timer switches on lights to make your home look occupied. Several of these, in different rooms of your house, can make your property look busy and occupied.
Good external security lighting is also a beneficial investment as burglars hate it as they want to operate unseen.
Motion sensor lights are a good option as they come on when they detect movement and can be positioned to cover vulnerable areas. It is also possible to purchase dusk till dawn lights which come on when it goes dark and turn themselves off in the morning so can be used to light specific points on a permanent basis
Bonfire Night Advice
· Only buy fireworks from a registered seller or licensed shop.
· It is an offence to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18 years.
· Ensure the fireworks are marked BS 7114 – this is the British Standard that all fireworks should meet.
· Never set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public place.
· Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil and should never be given to a child under five.
· It is against the law to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7 am except midnight on Bonfire Night and until 1 am New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.
· Keep your pets indoors. This includes bringing in pets that are normally kept outside, such as rabbits or guinea pigs.
Also remember the National White Ribbon Day on November 25th, men working to end violence against women. Most men are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something which doesn't have anything to do with us.
Take a stand against violence now and sign the personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women found at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.