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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Wednesday 13th March 2019

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ADVICE: How to secure your vehicle

Hello ,

Below are some simple things that you can do to avoid becoming a victim of car theft.

Keys:

  • Don't leave your keys in the vehicle unattended. This includes upon coming winter mornings while "warming up” the vehicle. Your insurance company is unlikely to compensate you if your car is stolen in this situation.  
  • Keep your keys out of reach and out of sight when at home. They are vulnerable to being snatched in sneak-in burglaries. Keys hung up or placed near front doors could be "fished" using a hook and wire fed through a letterbox
  • Keep your keys secure when out and about.
  • Keep spare keys secure and safe at all times. Consider giving it to a friend or relative for safe keeping, especially if you are going away.
  • When using remote locking key fobs check for visible or audible signals that your vehicle locked when you pressed the button.
  • Ensure that you close your windows before you leave your vehicle.
  • If you are an owner of a keyless vehicle consider purchasing a faraday bag which helps to block the signal from your key to your vehicle whilst at your home.

Parking:

  • Use your garage if you have one.  
  • On private driveways, keep trees and shrubs maintained so you and your neighbours can see the vehicle from your properties.
  • Consider dusk till dawn lighting to illuminate the area. 
  • When parking on a street, pick a well-lit and populated area under street lights where possible.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

ADVICE: How To Improve Your Home Security

There are lots of ways you can secure your home to prevent criminals from gaining entry and stealing your possessions. Take 15 minutes and give your house a self-assessment using this guide by Secured by Design for lots of simple tips.

How To Improve Your Home Security

Do:

  • Follow our advice to decide what elements you need to improve in your home
  • If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables
  • Always identify 2 or 3 companies that provide the security you need to compare quality and price
  • Choose a supplier by:
  • Looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet our high standards
  • Recommendation from friends
  • A member of a nationally recognised organisation specialising in security
  • Check ID before allowing visitors into your home
  • Suggest areas of home security you would like to improve to your potential suppliers and ask for a written quote detailing the work and the cost. Compare prices with competitors before agreeing
  • Save money by using your DIY skills to fit approved products

Don't:

  • Never discuss your security needs with doorstep or telephone callers
  • Do not agree to work without a written quote detailing the work and cost
  • You should not disclose personal information like health problems or high risk items including jewellery until you have decided on your supplier and believe it's essential for their work
  • Under no circumstances go to your bank or cash machine with an installer or salesman.
  • Only pay for the work once the job is completed to your satisfaction. You can ask a friend or family member for a second opinion.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

ALERT: Secure your vehicle at all times.

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left.  Always check your doors - don't rely on remote locking
* fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices - in the event your vehicle is stolen - it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle... simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors - thieves will often break into your home to locate keys
* to steal your vehicle .

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit our website >> https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2320/ Vehicle-Crime

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert






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