Police Newsletter

Around the festive period people often forget some of the simple things they can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. We would like to take this opportunity to provide a little reminder of our top tips.
Vehicle Crime Prevention:
*Close your windows and sunroof, lock all doors and activate any security devices when leaving the vehicle even for a few minutes. Check your doors manually as automatic locking devices can sometimes be affected by electronic interference.
*Take all valuables including sunglasses with you if you can. If you are unable to take them from the vehicle lock them in the boot or place them out of view.
*Remove parking permits, and portable satellite navigation systems including their cradle ensuring you wipe the window where the satellite navigation holder may have left a visible mark.
*Try to avoid leaving car keys close to your front door or in a visible location. A thief can reach in using a hand or device and steal the keys to your vehicle. Fitting a plate to the rear of the letterbox opening can prevent this.
*Fit anti tamper screws on your number plates and locking wheel nuts if not standard to your vehicle.
Burglary Crime Prevention:
*Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multiple-locking point doors, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove the key – LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
*Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
*Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
*Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.
*Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface.
*Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.
*Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.
*Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name. Register items with serial numbers at: immobilise.com  
Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom Dedicated Ward Officer
Bromley Borough – Neighbourhood Policing – South East Cluster – Team A
Bromley Web:    http://content.met.police.uk/Borough/Bromley
Team Web:       http://content.met.police.uk/Team/Bromley/ChelsfieldandPrattsBottom
Twitter:                @MPSChelsfield
E-mail:                 phillip.bradley@met.pnn.police.uk
Team email:     Chelsfield.PrattsBottom.snt@met.police.uk
Tel:                    02087212605
Mail:                St. Mary Cray Police Office
                        43-45 High Street
                        St. Mary Cray

                        BR5 3NJ

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