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* Acting With Your Neighbour
The Neighbourhood Watch principle is not meant to be intrusive, quite the opposite. It is meant to be reciprocal and is at its most effective when neighbours are not available to safeguard their own property themselves. Get into the habit of letting your neighbour know where and how you can be contacted should any emergency arise....

* Anti-social Behaviour
Anti-social behaviour can destroy lives and shatter communities. Basically, it is behaviour that is generally agreed to be unacceptable by others. If it is not dealt with, anti-social behaviour can seriously damage people’s quality of life through fear of crime and the long-term effects of harassment and intimidation....

* Bicycle Security
More than half a million bicycles are stolen every year. (Source: British Crime Survey) Bicycles can be some of the easiest vehicles for thieves and vandals to target. You can protect yourself from becoming a victim by following some simple steps....

* Bogus Callers
Bogus callers deliberately set out to con you. This usually starts with a call at the door by a bogus official purporting to be from the gas, water, electric or local council. It could also be someone offering bargain services – small building repairs, drives resurfaced, roof repairs, even people pretending to be Neighbourhood Watch officials selling burglar alarms....

* Car Crime
If you have not found yourself a victim of vehicle crime you should consider yourself lucky because vehicle crime accounts for a very high proportion of all recorded crime. Cars are stolen for profit and often to order and they are also used in other crimes such as robbery, joy riding and moving stolen goods, all of which can devastate innocent people’s lives....

* Garden Sheds & Outbuildings
You can make your garden your property’s first line of defence against crime and at the same time bring colour and variety to your garden. Most of us are vulnerable to thieves coming through our back garden. Very prickly plants are a visual deterrent and a physical barrier intended to complement the more traditional crime preventive measure.....

* General Information on Locks
Information supplied by Sgt. Geoff Crocker of Harrogate Police and based on a page from the Secured by Design Website which he says is worth looking at - www.securedbydesign.com/aware/locks.aspx

* Holidays
Here is a check list of “do's and don'ts” that could save you the heartache of having your home burgled when you are away: Ask a “good” neighbour or your neighbourhood watch coordinator to hold a key to your house and if possible, a contact number in case of emergency. Do not leave hidden keys. Burglars know all the likely spots to look....

* Home Security
The first thing a burglar wants to know about your home is whether there is anyone in. If they cannot be sure that the house is empty, they are less likely to try to break in. Fit a good lock to all your external doors. A five lever mortice lock is the minimum recommended....

* Identity Theft
There is one alarming growth area of criminality and that is of identity theft leading to fraud. Significant sums of money can be involved and even small sums can have an impact and seriously affect the unwary. You can never be too careful with the disposal of documents which could cumulatively allow someone to be recognised as yourself.....

* Immobilise.com
By going onto the National Mobile Property Register website and registering for free you can record any item such as your lawn mower as long as it has a serial or unique number. It is linked to all the phone companies and to insurers but now the NMPR can search for any item that is reported stolen and has a serial number....

* Mediation
Disputes between neighbours can sometimes get out of hand. Mediation is a way of sorting out differences without involving council officials, the police, solicitors or the courts. The process uses specially trained, independent, non-legal volunteers who listen to both sides of the dispute and help people involved to reach agreements between themselves...

* Mobile Phones
This is what you should do to safeguard your mobile phone: You should register your phone with both your mobile network and at www.immobilise.com. By registering the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number the police can contact you if your phone is stolen and is later handed in or recovered from criminals....

* No Cold Calling Zones
NCCZs are formally set up by the Trading Standards Dept. of North Yorkshire County Council as one part of an initiative designed to reduce distraction burglaries and rogue trading (doorstep crime). Trading Standards, in partnership with North Yorkshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other bodies.....

* Nominated Neighbour Scheme
Hambleton South Neighbourhood Watch Association and your local police recognise the benefits that a Nominated Neighbour Scheme can contribute to the safety, security and wellbeing of the elderly and vulnerable residents in the community...

* Replacement Euro-Lock Cylinders
There is a worrying increase in the number of household burglaries where uPVC door locks have been forced to gain entry. Almost all uPVC doors (including French doors and Patio doors) are fitted with Eurocylinder locks as standard. There is an inherent weakness in older or cheaper versions...

* Safety Tips for Junior Citizens
Here are a few practical hints and tips about staying safe when you are out and about....

* Scams
There are hundreds of types of scams – fake lotteries and prize draws, incredible schemes to make money quickly, fake investments plans and work from home schemes – the list goes on and on. Most scams have some things in common – if the offer is too good to be true it is sure to be a scam....

* Sneak Thieves
Consider the following situation. Your house is well secured; alarm, window locks, door locks etc. You decide to spend the afternoon working in the front garden leaving the back door unlocked. Unfortunately, a sneak thief is about. A handbag containing credit cards, car keys and cash on the kitchen table next to the back door disappears with all its contents....

TO PREVENT CRIME IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY


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