Clocks go Back

This year the clocks go back on Sunday 25 October 2015 at 2.00am. We would like to encourage everyone to think about these simple ways of deterring crime. 

As darkness will descend earlier in the day, and with lots of people going about their business, we want to help ensure that they don’t advertise that their homes are empty and open to thieves, by leaving their home in darkness or leave their property unsecured.   

Lights on Timers

Timer switches can be used to operate radios and lights.  

You don’t want to advertise thatFakeTV you are not back from work or that you have gone away for a few days.  Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken into. You can now even purchase a TV Simulator to deter burglars and thieves.

Security

A high proportion of all break-ins are also the result of properties being left insecure, so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.  Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother.  Never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot. Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.”

Close It, Lock It, Check It

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Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity but there are a number of steps you can take to improve security and put off burglars.

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked – even if you are popping out for a minute.
  • Fit deadlocks to outside doors and key operated locks to windows.
  • Don’t hide spare keys outside.
  • Keep gates and sheds well secured and ensure garden tools and ladders are locked away.
  • Homes in darkness can be a target for thieves – leave a light on or better still put your lights on a timer and leave a radio on if you go out during the hours of darkness.
  • Do not keep large amounts of money in your home.
  • Security mark your valuables with your postcode and register your property for free at www.immobilise.com and improve your chances of getting it back if it’s lost or stolen.

Anyone wishing to find out more about crime prevention advice and home security can contact their local Crime Prevention Officer at Suffolk Police on 101.

In an emergency always call 999

Staying Safe at Outside Events – July 2015

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in and around Suffolk in 2015. Some of the events in July include:

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In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events. Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board, Safe and Sound Welfare and Ormiston have published Guidance for the Latitude Festival for the protection of children and vulnerable adults attending.  Latitude takes place every July.

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
    “Think Again before you drink another drop”
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

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If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

 

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Staying Safe at Outside Events – June 2015

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in and around Suffolk in 2015. Some of the events in June include:

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In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events.  Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board, Safe and Sound Welfare and Ormiston have published Guidance for the Latitude Festival for the protection of children and vulnerable adults attending.  Latitude takes place every July.

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
    “Think Again before you drink another drop”
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

 

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

 

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Staying Safe at Outside Events – May 2015

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in and around Suffolk in 2015. Some of the events in May include:

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In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events:

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
    “Think Again before you drink another drop”
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

 

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

 

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Plan and Stay Safe

Suffolk is one of the safest places to live and work and the chances that you, your friends, family or your neighbours will become a victim of crime, are low. However, if you are planning a day out, going on holiday or just going out for the evening; take some time to think about your personal safety and the security of your home, your possessions and any vehicles.

Personal Safety: 

  • Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous time in case you get separated from friends.
  • You can’t always rely on mobile phones, although it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely, and
  • Keep your mobile safe and don’t carry your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket or leave it on a table.  Register your mobile at www.immobilise.com and increase your chances of getting it back if it’s lost or stolen.
  • Always pre-book your taxi and make sure you get the right one!
  • Do not accept lifts from strangers or go home with someone you have just met.
  • Have fun, but look after yourself and your friends and ensure that everyone gets home safely.

Before you you leave home:

Also you could check out these ‘YouTube’ clips about how to secure your house, deter potential burglars and other security measures:

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Top ten tips to keep your house secure and deter potential burglars
Further Home security tips
Don’t leave valuables in an unlocked shed, nor ladders or tools that could help a burglar
Lock windows and doors

 

 Working to keep the people of Suffolk safe

Staying Safe at Outside Events – April 2015

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in Suffolk in 2015.
For April this includes:

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In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events:

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
    “Think Again before you drink another drop”
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

 

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

 

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Have a great time and stay safe

Burglary Prevention and Home Security

You think it won’t happen to you, but talk to someone who has been burgled and they’ll tell you how violated, angry and scared they felt…and still do. Burglary leaves a lasting impression.

Remember to lock windows and doors when you leave the house, including your garage.  Don’t leave tools and bikes out; thieves are looking for an opportunity.  Do not think burglaries only happen at night.  Daylight burglaries are occurring too.

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Often crime is committed by opportunist criminals with little or no forethought or planning and in many cases the burglary could have been prevented. It does not take much to deter these types of criminals. The most rudimentary security precautions could make the difference between becoming a victim or not.

Never leave an open invitation

Close it!  Lock it!  Check it! 

This Home Security Booklet will hopefully provide you with some basic guidance and information so that you secure your home and property.

For more Crime Reduction Information about appropriate measures you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team or call them at Suffolk Police on 101.

Lockit_Checkit

Suffolk Police’s ‘Close it-Check it-Lock it’ campaign also highlights a few simple precautions you can take to reduce the chance of you becoming a victim of burglary.  There have also been a number of shed and garage burglaries, so here is a link to previous advice about securing these and the property within.

Also check out these ‘YouTube’ films about how to secure your house, deter potential burglars and other security measures:

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Top ten tips to keep your house secure and deter potential burglars
Further Home security tips
Don’t leave valuables in an unlocked shed, nor ladders or tools that could help a burglar
Lock windows and doors Security
Burglary – Don’t make it childs play

Never leave an open invitation

Close it!  Lock it!  Check it!