For most of us Christmas is a time for giving, however as the West Midlands Police festive crime awareness campaign suggests, Christmas is also a time for taking.
Officers are launching a crime awareness initiative today (Wednesday 3 December) to put crime prevention awareness at the front of people’s minds as they prepare for the busy holiday season.
Robbery, shoplifting, vehicle crime, fraud and petty thefts traditionally rise at this time of year and people can easily fall prey to thieves as they may not be as security conscious as usual.
December’s dark nights give burglars plenty of cover to break into houses. Householders are reminded not to leave valuables and presents where they can be seen by passers by looking into the house.
The top five valuables burglars look for are:
- computers, including laptops and play stations
- credit and debit cards
- mobile phones
It is not just consumers that need to be more wary at this time of year, trades people are also urged to be wary and to proactively register items on immobilise.com:
Trades people are reminded to remove tools from their vans overnight, to postcode their equipment and register any tools with serial numbers at www.immobilise.com
The top five things stolen from vehicles are:
- auto accessories including hub caps, number plates and car badges
- audio items such as CDs
- car radios and CD players
- other on display items such as satellite navigation systems.
To read more please visit the West Midlands Police press site.
In the run up to Christmas Croydon police have issued a special warning for local residents to help them avoid being victims of crime over the festive period. In addition to registration on the Immobilise National property register many of the other suggestions made apply equally to other regions:
Some of their recommendations are:
While out shopping be aware of pickpockets and thieves, carry your handbag in front of you so sticky fingers can’t get into it.
When out and about Christmas shopping, leave carrier bags with gifts in secure and out of site in your car but make sure you stay vigilant, thieves may well watch car parks for a chance to break into them.
When at home make sure you wait until Christmas Day before putting presents around your tree, they can make a tempting display for a burglar.
Burglars like an easy life and it’s not just Christmas cards that come through your letterbox so fit a letterbox hood.
Burglars can force some sash windows, especially old ones without key operated locks. A good way to reduce the risk is by fixing a window box planter to the window ledge and fitting proper window locks.
Don’t highlight the fact that you have gifts and presents to criminals by openly displaying the empty packaging outside by your bins.
Registering your possessions on the immobilise website increases your chances of being reunited with them should they be lost or stolen and come to the notice of the police.
To read the Croydon Guardian article in full please go to: http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/…
Gloucestershire Constabulary make some sensible recommendations for students:
Cheltenham Police are reminding students to keep their accommodation secure. The warning comes after two student homes in the town were burgled last week.
Sergeant Mark Stephens from Whaddon Safer Community Team, who are responsible for policing issues at the Francis Close Hall, Hardwicke and Pitville campuses said: “Sadly student houses are an easy target for burglaries as with several people coming and going from the property they are easily left insecure.”
“If you add up the cost of everything you own, ipod, television, bike, laptop and mobile phone, you’ll probably be surprised at the amount it comes to.
“Along with the financial ramifications of losing these items it can also be very upsetting and devastating to your university work if any of your notes were stored on the stolen items.”
In addition to registering property on the Immobilise Property Register, Cheltenham police also make these sensible suggestions:
- A remarkable number of burglaries occur because a window or door has been left open, so make sure you keep them closed.
- Do not leave cash or valuables on display in your room and make sure valuable items cannot be seen from the window.
- During the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays take all items of value home with you.
- Make sure your property is insured.
- Get valuables security marked.
To see the orginal article in full go to: Space – University of Gloucestershire Students Union
The BBC News website has reported on a recent car crime spree in Cardiff. In addition to the usual anti theft messages South Wales Police also suggest that owners of the type of vehicles being targets should registered their radios on Immobilise to help identify thieves and return recovered property.
Ford Ka owners are being warned to be on their guard after a sharp rise in break-ins across Cardiff.
Thieves have broken into almost 90 cars since August and stolen their radios in the belief that they contain chips which can pick up free satellite TV.
Ch Insp Alun Morgan, who is responsible for auto crime in Cardiff, said: “I don’t wish to alarm car owners but as police we have a responsibility to make the public aware that Ford Kas are currently being targeted.
“My message to owners is to make sure their cars are secure, register their radio on the www.immobilise.com website and to be vigilant of anyone acting suspiciously.
To read the full BBC News Story go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7755515.stm
Registration on Immobilise is one of the key messages from the Knowsley, Liverpool Bike Safety Campaign
Putting the brakes on bike theft is simple if you follow the advice below:-
- Ride with your mates whenever possible, not alone.
- Avoid taking short cuts and stay away from dark streets and alleyways.
- Use a good bike lock which can loop through the wheels, frame or seats.
- Record and register your bike – log onto www.immobilise.com.
- Never leave your bike unlocked and unattended.
- Keep your bike in a locked garage or shed when not in use.
If you think you are being offered a stolen bike, ring Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
The Safer Knowsley Partnership includes Merseyside Police, Merseyside Police Authority, Knowsley Council, Knowsley Primary Care Trust, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and other partners, working with the community to reduce crime and disorder across Knowsley.
Read the full and original article.
A recent report by the London School of Economics and Carphone Warehouse describe some interesting statics and recommending registration on Immobilise.com:
It’s even more likely you’d get your phone pinched in London than in New York. Why? The figures, sponsored by Carphone Warehouse and produced by the London School of Economics researchers, suggest that 15% of British adults “have had their phones stolen.” The equivalent for US adults is 7% only. And 10,000 mobile phones are stolen each month in the UK…
Link to original article: http://www.newswireless.net/index.cfm/article/4323
This interesting report on techdigest discusses why you are more likely to get
your phone stolen in London than Newyork:
A Carphone Warehouse “Mobile Life” report reckons that 25% of adults in London have had their phone nicked, compared to 15% in the rest of the country. 14% of British teenagers have had their phone stolen, compared to 9% of teens in the USA, and 7% of adults. In London in 2007, there were three robberies per 1000 people, whereas in New York, there were only 1.61
For the full article go to: http://www.techdigest.tv/2008/10/stattack_youre.html