Neighbourhood Watch Update: 28 September

Rother Neighbourhood Watch News
28th September 2019
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Protect your phone

 

Here you can find out how to protect yourself from being a victim of mobile theft and steps that will help if your phone is stolen.

Don’t leave your phone, iPad, tablet or camera unattended, out of your sight or left on a table – thieves can grab a phone from a table in seconds.

Always be aware of your mobile and your whereabouts and act accordingly. And when you’ve finished using it, put it away.

Ensure you retain a record of your phone’s IMEI number. This is a 15-digit unique number which can be obtained by keying in *#06#. You need this information if the phone is lost or stolen. And don’t keep a note of it on your phone as it defeats the object.

Use your device’s security features, apps or PIN locking mechanisms to protect your data and prevent the phone being used if stolen.

Immobilise it. Register for free on an accredited mobile phone database such as ImmobiliseExternal Link. This helps police to identify you as the rightful owner.

Track it. Consider installing a tracker app on your smartphone. They’re readily available online. If your mobile’s ever stolen, act promptly.………………………………………………………………………………

 

Secure your shed or garage

It’s strange how most people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes. People often end up using a flimsy lock or padlock to protect the contents – whether it’s a car, bike or lawnmower. The fact is, a burglar will usually try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to get into the house.

Shed and outbuilding security: first steps

First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.

Think like a thief

Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And always keep it locked .

Alarm it

Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.

Lock it, hide it or mark it

Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.

Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold SecureExternal Link to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.

It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.Invest in a garage door stop.

Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.

Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option and you can register some items on the Immobilise website for free. For more information visit ImmobiliseExternal Link and our detailed page on property marking.

Mark your property to deter burglars | Sussex Police

Great tips on how to make your personal belongings less attractive to burglars plus actions you can take to make…

The top five most common items stolen from sheds

  1. Bikes
  2. Mowers
  3. Sports equipment
  4. Power tools
  5. Garden tools

 

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There has been a rise in reported thefts from vehicles. Please remember to remove personal belongings and make sure you lock up securely when you leave your car.

Edward Kemp.
Chairman & Police Volunteer.
Rother Neighbourhood Watch.
Mobile:  07983 619622 Email:chairman@rothernhw.co.uk.
Website:  http://www.rothernhw.co.uk/
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