May Crime Prevention Blog – Going Away? By Crime Prevention Officer Gerry McBride

The summer is almost upon us, which is why I’d like you to consider crime prevention as part of your holiday planning process.

Your home can be vulnerable to attack whilst you are away, so you should consider what you can do to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of crime whilst you are off sunning yourself in some sunny climate.

My Top Ten Tips:

·         Cancel deliveries! Royal Mail offer a service called ‘Keepsafe’ – for a small charge they will hold onto your mail for up to 66 days while you are away. (18 days maximum for recorded or special delivery service)

·         Ask a friend or trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home - perhaps collect mail, draw the curtains etc. Would they mind parking their car on your driveway overnight?

·         Ask a family member to stay at your home for a few nights while you’re away.

·         Remember to use light against crime.  Set light timers, simulated TV’s to come on in the evening and consider a light sensitive light ‘bulb’, which will self-activate at night in an upstairs room.

·         Think about removing valuables from their usual place and hiding them in your home. Perhaps placing your jewellery, car keys and ID documents in a safe (they’re not as expensive as you might think) or hiding them in the loft.

·         Before you go make sure all doors, gates and windows are shut, locked and secure, and set your alarm.

·         Check there are no tools left out in the garden that might assist an intruder breaking into your home. 

·         Register your valuables online at www.immobilise.com.

·         Register your pedal cycles at www.bikeregister.com

·         Don’t advertise on social media that you’re off on your holidays. Post your burnt arm and ‘hot dog’ leg pics when you get back. Be careful who you tell about your holiday plans!

·         Consider getting together with some of your neighbours and starting a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Check to see whether a scheme is operating in your area via www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.



Enjoy your holiday! Send me a postcard if you can!

Consider joining Cleveland Connected, to receive advice and information about crime in your area. www.clevelandconnected.co.uk. Anyone with information about crime, can contact Cleveland Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.

Gerry McBride
Crime Prevention Officer
Cleveland Police