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Our homes, our personal belongings and ourselves are only as
safe as we make them. It is important that we become alert and
aware that crime can occur, anticipating the location, times,
and taking action to minimize the chance of it happening.
Crime prevention is the key to stopping the ability and opportunity
for criminals to function. The use of instinct, knowledge, common
sense and awareness can make you a tough target to crime.
• Do not leave keys over doors, under a mat or in flowerpots.
• When away leave a radio or television playing, in addition,
at nights, leave lights burning inside and outside.
• Keep shrubbery hiding windows or doors and cut back trees
which can allow thieves access to high windows.
• Make sure windows, especially those at ground level, have
• Always lock up ladders and tools. Don’t afford a
burglar the resources to break into your home.
• Look out for your neighbour and become a member of an
active Neighbourhood Watch.
• Ask a neighbour to pay attention to your house while you
are away. It’s a good idea to leave your vacation address
and telephone number with a neighbour, so you can be contactd
in case of an emergency.
• Turn the bell or ringer on your telephone down low. If
a burglar is around, he won’t be alerted to your absence
by a ringing phone.
• Make sure all porches, entrances and yards are well lighted.
• If you arrive home alone and find a door or window open
or signs of forced entry, don’t go in. Call the police.
• Make sure all exterior doors have good locks, preferably
• Report broken lights in your neighbourhood. Well-lit areas
discourage burglars by taking away their hiding places.
• Report to police any stranger loitering in your neighbourhood,
or people asking strange or vague questions about your neighbours
and their whereabouts.
• Don’t let strangers into your home. Use a peephole.
Ask for identification.
• Vary your routine. If you follow the same routine weekly,
would-be burglars could monitor your movements and know when your
house is likely to be unoccupied.
• Use metal grillwork on glass in entrance doors and decorative
side glass to prevent burglars from breaking the glass and reaching
inside to open the door.
• Get new locks when you move into a previously occupied
new home. You have no way of knowing who might be in possession
of keys to your door.
• Secure your own property both when you are in and out
of your home.
What you can do to help fight crime
• Report incidents of crime and disorder to the police.
• Make use of secure parking areas and do not leave valuables
in your car.
• Become involved in your local community.
• Join or participate in Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your
• Encourage young people to get involved in activities in
• Get to know the young people and families in your area.
• Report any suspicious activity to the police.
• Settle arguments without violence.
• Do not buy stolen goods.
Neighbourhood Watch programmes is one positive way to increase
security by developing close liaison between households in a neighbourhood,
the local police and the local authority. The aim is to help people
protect themselves and their properties, to reduce the fear of
crime and to improve their local environment by:
• Improved home security
• Greater vigilance
• Fostering a community spirit
• Improving their environment
Become involved with your neighbours in order to increase awareness
in your community and to make it a difficult place for criminals
to operate. Get in contact with your local Police Station for
information in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch and help make
our community a safer place.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!