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28 May 2014
HOLIDAY Security Advice

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.

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