June ~ Holiday and Festival Security
Advice fro ATN Neighbourhood Watch
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.