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Advice guide - Keeping your jewellery safe

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Keep your jewellery safe, don’t give anyone the opportunity, and follow the advice on this page.

  • Whether you are out or at home, always lock the doors and windows of your house.
  • When you are not wearing your jewellery keep it somewhere safe and out of sight.
  • Invest in a lockable concealed safe, for your home and use it.
  • Invest in a burglar alarm and remember to turn it on.
  • Insure your jewellery. If it is already insured, is your policy up-to-date?
  • Security mark your pieces with methods such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA.
  • Be discreet with your jewellery in crowded, public places. Don’t make yourself a target for an opportunist thief.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - fireworks safety

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Fireworks safety

Fireworks are great fun but it is important to remember that they can also cause distress and injuries if not handled properly.

If you are using fireworks at home simply follow our guidelines to ensure you have a safe but fun bonfire night.

Remember remember...

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • It is illegal to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18.
  • Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
  • It is an offence for under 18’s to have fireworks in a public place.
  • You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
  • You’re not allowed to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire night whereby the curfew is midnight to 7am. New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, curfew is 1am.
  • Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under18 will be confiscated.
  • Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
  • Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
  • Ensure your fireworks comply with British Standard 7114 or the European equivalents.
  • Remember, if you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to six months or your parents or carers could receive a fine.

You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • 15 October - 10 November
  • 26 - 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.

You can report issues relating to fireworks to the non-emergency number 101.

Advice guide - Home security

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Home security checklist

Most domestic burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves looking for the easiest way of getting into your home without being seen or disturbed.

Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar. Are there places where a burglar could break into your home without being seen? How would you get in if you had forgotten your keys? If you could get inside, so could a burglar.

Follow the advice on this page to help secure your home.

During the winter

  • As the nights get darker earlier, leave a light on inside your home. Remember to choose low energy lamps.
  • Use a timer switch to operate the lights as it starts to get dark. Change the times that the lights come on to simulate an occupied home.
  • Make sure your front door is well lit. Use dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.
  • Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.

Windows and doors security

  • When you go out, always close and lock external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short time.
  • Fit a five lever mortice lock (British Standard 3621) to all exterior wooden doors. If you are having new windows or doors installed, ensure they are certified to PAS 24:2016 standard for Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK.
  • UPVC or composite doors have multipoint-locking systems, but it is strongly recommended they are fitted with an anti-snap lock cylinder (TS007) of 3* standard as a minimum
  • Window locks can be seen from outside and could deter a burglar from forcing the window
  • If you have deadlocks, use them. They make it more difficult for a thief to get out again. But don’t leave the key near the door or in an obvious place nearby
  • If you have a flat roof extension the windows above it should always be locked

Keeping keys safe

  • Ensure your keys are kept in a safe place out of sight and well away from your letterbox
  • Don’t tag keys so they can be easily identified
  • Keep all spare keys in a safe place
  • Don’t leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed
  • Consider buying a safe for personal papers, passports and small items of jewellery. This must be secured to the floor or a wall

Security outside your home

  • Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if they connect to your property
  • Visible burglar alarms and carefully directed security lighting can deter burglars. Make sure alarms stop sounding after 20 minutes and lights don’t disturb your neighbours

Living in a flat or shared housing

  • Consider having a phone entry system fitted to the main door of your building
  • Never buzz open the door for strangers, or hold open the door for someone you don’t know
  • Get home contents insurance

Going on holiday

  • Suspend any deliveries, such as milk and newspapers
  • Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Try to make your home look occupied while you are not there Use timer switches on lamps or your radio

Marking your property

Below are some examples of how you can mark or register your property to ensure it is returned to you if it is ever stolen.

Ultraviolet or invisible marking

It can only be seen by an ultraviolet lamp, although it does fade over time and can be washed off eventually.

Permanent marking

Suitable for hard surfaces by engraving or etching.

Tracking for laptops and smartphones

These can now be traced if stolen by using online tracking software, which is usually free. Search online and register your laptop or phone.

Know your IMEI number.

Intruder alarms

  • If you don’t have an intruder alarm installed, we would suggest that you consider having one installed. Intruder alarms may prevent intruders from breaking into your home as a visible deterrent. Alternatively, if an intruder does attempt to break into your home the alarm activating may scare them off. 
  • If you are considering buying a new intruder alarm, it’s a good idea to obtain at least three quotes from industry approved installers (NSI or SSAIB) or talk to your insurer who may have some recommendations.
  • You can also use the Trading Standards website Checkatrade website to check for vetted suppliers in your area.

There are three types of Intruder Alarm available:

  • Monitored alarm - If the system is breached, a monitoring station informs the key holders and Police within minutes.
  • Audible only alarm - If activated, an alarm sound will alert your neighbours.
  • Auto-dialling alarm - If the alarm is activated, the sound will alert your neighbours and the system will dial a series of telephone numbers.

Be a good neighbour

If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police on 101 or, in an emergency, 999.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

Speak to our Crime Prevention team

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Staying safe at Halloween

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Trick or treating

We want you to enjoy Halloween, but remember, not everyone wants to take part!

Here's a few things to remember when you're out this Halloween.

  • If you’re going trick or treating, make sure you go with an adult and your parent or carer knows where you’re going and when to expect you back.
  • Respect posters asking you not to trick or treat at someone’s house.
  • Don’t go trick or treating alone - stay with your group.
  • Eggs and flour are for baking. Don’t throw them.
  • Be careful crossing roads in the dark.

Have a great time, stay safe and look out for each other. If you or someone you know is in danger call 999.

Download our Halloween safety guide

Residents advice

It is not just at Halloween when unexpected callers turn up on your doorstep.

  • Remember official visitors should always make an appointment beforehand
  • Look through the door view or window to see who is outside.
  • If you decide to open the door, put the chain or bar on first.
  • Check the caller's details before you let them into your home. Telephone the relevant organisation to confirm the caller's identity
  • Do not rely on a phone number that the caller gives you.
  • Do not feel pressurised into buying items on your doorstep and be wary of callers who may offer home repairs or gardening. Report any unexpected traders to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

Download our safety guide and 'Sorry No Trick or Treat' poster.

Shopkeepers advice

If your business decides not to sell flour or eggs to people under the age of 16 during Halloween you can download our 'Eggs and Flour' poster to put in your shop window.

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Advice guide - Securing your shed

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Securing your shed

Sheds are often targeted by thieves because they are not designed to store valuable equipment and property - they were originally designed to house potting plants. Their fairly flimsy construction makes them easy to break into via the door, windows, walls or even the roof.

However, many homes have little outside storage space, so the shed inevitably becomes a place for storing items that are not wanted indoors.

We are working hard to prevent criminals from targeting sheds and properties, but you can play your part in making sure it is as difficult as possible for them.

Follow the advice on this page to help secure your shed and garden.

  • Fit a strong hasp and padlock to your shed door. Make sure the door is strong enough to resist being kicked or pushed in. Replace standard hinges with strap hinges secured by coach bolts or use security screws on existing hinges.
  • Consider fitting a battery operated shed alarm.
  • Visibly mark the property you keep in your shed and garage and use anchor points to secure larger tools and equipment.

For further advice on property marking visit our property marking section.

Garden security

  • Your front garden should not provide cover for a burglar. Hedges or fences at the front of your home should be limited to 1 metre high.
  • At the rear of your property, hedges, fences or walls should be at least 1.8 metres high. Gates leading to the rear of your property should be the same height and padlocked.
  • Move ladders, tables, chairs and wheelie bins so that they cannot be used to climb on. If possible, chain and padlock them to a strong anchor point.
  • Fit lighting in your garden. The most appropriate form of lighting for the back yard would be high-efficiency low-energy lighting, controlled by dusk-to-dawn switch so that it comes on only when it’s dark. This provides a constant and uniform level of light. It costs very little to run and helps create a more reassuring environment.

For further and more detailed advice please refer to our Securing Your Shed guide.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Student survival guide

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Student safety guide - keeping you and your possesions safe

Here are some important points that you should take care of to ensure you have a healthy and happy student life.

Going out? Lock up

Going out? Stay together

  • Plan your journey. Decide how you and your friends will get there and back
  • Make sure you arrange to go out in a group to get to know the city and its surroundings
  • Try not to put yourself at risk by taking shortcuts in the early hours or walking alone. Share a taxi or walk with a trusted friend

Going out? Hold onto your stuff

  • Only take the cash out that you need. Use a cash machine on campus or when out make sure you pick a cash machine that is in a busy well-lit area
  • Keep handbags closed, if someone grabs it let it go
  • Keep your purse or wallet out of sight and where possible in a zipped pocket or bag

Bicycle security

  • Be mindful where you leave your bike. Always lock it by securing both wheels and the frame to an immovable object
  • Remove any lights and other detachable objects when leaving your bike
  • Choose a busy location with purpose built cycle posts to lock your bike

Cars/Motorbikes/Scooters security

  • Never leave your keys in the ignition when parked up
  • Remove any items of value from your car
  • Park your car on campus or in a well-lit area
  • Use a steering lock if you have one
  • If you’re parking your motorbike or scooter leave your seat open so that thieves know there is nothing to steal

Mobile phone security

  • Don’t walk down the street on your mobile phone, this advertises your phone to thieves
  • Record your IMEI number this can be obtained by dialling *#06# from your handset
  • Register your phone with your network operator. This makes barring easier if your phone is lost or stolen
  • Install free tracking software such as Prey, so your phone can be traced if it’s stolen

Download free from www.preyproject.com

General safety advice for students

  • Contents Insurance - make sure you take out the relevant insurance before moving into University.
  • Map of campus - get to know your way around safely.
  • Personal alarm – these are available from many retailers.
  • List of emergency contacts.
  • Timetables for on and off campus bus and transport.
  • Contact name and number of Student Union rep or Halls of Residence Officer.
  • Contact numbers of recommended taxi firms from the Student Union or university.
  • If you are living off campus make sure your accommodation has good quality window and door locks and a working alarm.
  • Never share access codes to your house/flat/halls with non-residents and don’t let anyone in without checking their identity first.
  • Frequently back up your data (university work, contact lists and photos) to an online back up service, memory stick or external hard drive.
  • Find out the names and contact details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

Nottingham Students website

Students in Nottingham can find out more about life in our city, thanks to the new Nottingham Students website launched in partnership between Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police.

Contact information

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Advice Guide - Holiday Security

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Follow the guidance on our holiday checklist to make your home more secure whilst you're away.

Secure your home whilst you're on holiday

A third of all burglaries in Nottinghamshire are due to insecurities. Follow our advice below to help keep your home safe while you're away.

  • Fit good quality kite marked British Standard locks or bolts to all outside doors. Lock all windows and doors and remove the keys to a safe place when you leave the house.
  • If you have an intruder alarm, make sure it’s set. If you don’t have one consider having an approved alarm system installed. Visit www.nsi.org.uk to find approved companies in your area.
  • Make use of timer plugs with lamps and radios to make your house seem occupied. Try and let a trusted friend or neighbour know that you’re going to be away from home. You could ask a trusted neighbour or friend to collect post, open and close curtains.
  • Don’t leave valuable items such as laptops and jewellery in view of windows. Lock valuable items away in a ground anchored safe or you could consider leaving important documents and valuable items with other family members whilst away.
  • Make sure all access points are secured such as gates and activate any external security lighting that you may have.
  • Ensure gardening equipment, tools and ladders are put away and securely stored. Don’t leave them lying around in your garden as they could aid offenders.
  • Ensure that sheds and out buildings are locked and secured. Use good quality locks on garages and sheds (ensure screws on latches and hinges cannot be undone easily from the outside) and where possible ensure that they are alarmed.
  • Mark your valuables such as jewellery and electronic equipment including your gardening equipment, tools and other valuables stored in sheds and garages with your postcode. Visibly marking items with your postcode offers more of a deterrent, and ensure that you use window stickers to show items are marked and identifiable.
  • Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries if you have them. Don’t announce your departure to a shop full of people. Only tell people who need to know you’re going away.
  • Think before posting statuses or commenting on social media about going on holiday. You wouldn’t display a sign in your window advertising that you’re going on holiday, so don’t advertise it online.
  • Make sure that you have up-to-date contents and buildings insurance.
  • Don’t have your home address showing on your luggage for the outward journey. Put this only on the inside of your cases.
  • Is there a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme where you live? Visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode to check to see if there are any schemes declared in your area, or alternatively speak with your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
  • Finally, just before you actually set off it’s worth allowing a quiet couple of minutes on the doorstep to check you’ve done all you had to do and taken everything you need with you.

Find more excellent advice with our Crime Prevention Guides.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice: Catalytic Converter theft

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Protect your vehicle from catalytic converter thieves

We are working to apprehend them. You can help us by following this advice to protect your vehicle.

  • If you can, park your vehicle in a locked garage when it is unattended.
  • If it’s not possible to garage your vehicle, park it in a busy, well-lit area as close to your property as possible.
  • Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.
  • Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system.

Catalytic converters control and convert exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. If yours is stolen, you will know because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.

If you suspect your catalytic converter has been stolen, report it to us immediately by calling 101.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Personal safety

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Keeping you and your family safe

The chances of you or a member of your family becoming a victim of a violent crime, a robbery or another crime against the person, are low. Crimes against a person by strangers in public places are still rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime.

However, you can make yourself even less likely to be the victim of a personal crime by taking a few sensible precautions. Many are common sense, and may be things that you already do. Making yourself safer doesn’t mean changing your entire lifestyle, personality or wardrobe, and it doesn’t mean never going out at all.

You should think about how you would act in different situations before you are in them. Think about whether you would stay and defend yourself (using reasonable force) or simply get away as quickly as you can. There is nothing wrong with doing either, but you should think about the options.

Follow the advice on this page to improve your personal safety.

General personal safety

  • You will be safest in bright, well-lit, busy areas.
  • Appear and act confident - look like you know where you’re going and walk tall. Concentrate on where you are going, not on your mobile phone or gadgets.
  • You might like to spread your valuables around your body. For example, keep your phone in your bag, your house keys in your trouser pocket and your money in your jacket.
  • If someone tries to take something from you, it may be better to let them take it rather than get into a confrontation and risk injury.
  • You can use reasonable force in self-defence. You are allowed to protect yourself with something you are carrying (for example keys or a personal alarm) but you may not carry a weapon.
  • If you decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker might be stronger than you or may take what you are using in self-defence and use it against you. It is often better to shout loudly and run away.
  • If you use a wheelchair, keep your things beside you rather than at the back of the wheelchair.
  • Try not to advertise your valuables such as mobile phones, laptops, notebooks, tablet or iPod/MP3 player, jewellery or watch.
  • When out walking, be careful not to make your personal items, as mentioned above, an easy target for robbers. Try to keep them hidden.
  • Stay alert - your phone is a valuable item. When you are out, be aware of your surroundings and don’t use your phone in crowded areas or where you might feel unsafe. Don’t be distracted by it!

If you feel anxious consider carrying a personal attack alarm.

Personal safety apps

Smartphones can be utilised for personal safety. Apps such as bSafe, Life360 or Send Help allow you to track and locate family member, send a text message alert when in danger, securely store the voice, location, and timestamps of any incidents that occur to assist police and prosecution. PanicGuard is a personal safety smartphone application that achieved ACPO ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation.

Theft and robbery

Street robbery is generally known as mugging. It can also cover snatching bags.

Pick-pocketing is slightly different, as you will not be aware of the offence taking place.

Robbery is more likely to take place in quiet or dark areas, and pick-pocketing where it is busy, for example on a busy train in rush hour.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Remember - be aware of your surroundings. Concentrate on what and who is around you. Don’t be distracted by using mobile gadgets and MP3 players. If you are listening to music, use just one headphone so that you are aware of someone approaching you.
  • Don’t give thieves the chance to take your valuables from you. Don’t put them on show.
  • Don’t leave your bag, wallet, valuable jewellery, mobile phone or MP3 player on display to thieves.
  • If someone tries to take something from you by force, it may be best to give it to them. This will help you avoid getting injured.
  • Don’t leave bags or pockets open or unzipped. It’s easier for a thief to dip into an open bag. Purse bells are a great way of further protecting your purse.

Keeping your credit and bank cards safe

  • Keep your cards separate from your cheque book.
  • If your cards are stolen, call your bank or credit card company as soon as possible. Most banks put the number to call if your cards are stolen on your statement. They are also often shown on cash machines.
  • Treat your cards like cash - never let them out of your sight and never keep your PIN number with your cards.

Transport safety

This section offers some general tips on how to keep yourself safe and secure when making a journey - either catching a bus, taxi or train, or when you’re in the car.

Public transport safety

  • As with everything, you are safest where there are other people and where it is well lit.
  • Plan your route.
  • Try to wait in busy or well-lit areas.
  • Sit near other people, near the driver if you are on a bus or near the guard if you are on a train.
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, get up and move away.
  • Take extra care at crowded bus stops and on crowded buses and trains. Keep your bag closed and make sure your pockets are not accessible.

Getting home safely - Taxis

  • If you are going to be out late, try to arrange a lift home or book a taxi in your name.
  • Always keep the number of a reliable firm handy. Avoid minicabs or private-hire cars that tout for business and are unlicensed.
  • If you can pre-book your taxi, make a note of the company you are using and the phone number and leave it with a friend.
  • When the taxi arrives, ask the driver to check it’s the one that you booked.
  • Always sit behind the driver in the back seat. If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out in a well-lit area where there are plenty of people.
  • If in any doubt, don’t get in the taxi.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Christmas crime advice

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Have a crime-free Christmas.

We’re working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but there are steps you can take to help us.

When you're out shopping

  • Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
  • Keep valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags. Keep a close watch on them, and try not to keep them all in one place.
  • Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
  • Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark. If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into position. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk for details of approved car parks.
  • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
  • Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don't overburden yourself with bags/packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
  • Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children, in case you get separated.
  • Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.
  • Don't get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
  • Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you've got bags or presents in the car.

At cash machines

  • If you see anything suspicious alert the bank or call the police on 101.
  • Shield the keypad when typing in your PIN at a cash machine or in a shop.
  • Only withdraw as much as you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Put your money and cards away (not in your back pocket) safely before leaving the machine. Ideally pay with a debit/credit card wherever possible.

When you’re out for the evening

  • Watch your drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them. Never leave your drink unattended, even if you are going to dance or to the toilet. If your drink has been left unattended, don't drink any more of it. If something tastes or looks odd, don't eat/drink any more if it. Be aware, though, that some drugs are colourless and tasteless.
  • If someone you don't know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added.
  • Know your own limit.
  • If you meet someone new at a party, avoid going home with them or inviting them back to your home/accepting a lift from them. It's safer to arrange a second date in a public place to get to know the person better. If you do find yourself alone with someone you don't know well, make sure that someone knows where you are and who you're with.
  • Pay attention to your instincts. If you feel uneasy about someone, there may be a reason.
  • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be home.
  • Avoid walking home alone and never with someone you don’t know well.
  • Drink responsibly, arrange for a member of your group to be a designated driver.
  • Check your taxi driver’s ID and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
  • The ideal plan is to book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue.
  • Never accept a lift from a minicab touting for trade on the street. They are illegal and can be very dangerous.
  • Always sit in the back of a cab/taxi and if you get chatting to the driver, do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out.
  • If using public transport, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.
  • Always wait for the bus or train in a well-lit place near other people if possible and try and arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop or station. If a bus is empty, or it is after dark, you may feel safer on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver. On trains, avoid empty compartments. If you feel threatened on any public transport press the alarm or attract the attention of your fellow passengers or the driver or guard.
  • Take note of where the emergency alarms are and try to sit near them.

At home

  • Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors.
  • Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
  • Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Keys should always be kept out of sight and not left in doors or in view of windows.
  • Make your house look occupied, use a timer switch to operate lamps as it starts to get dark, leave a radio on.
  • Don’t open the door to anybody you don’t recognise. Not sure? Don’t open the door!

After you have opened your Christmas gifts

Burglars and robbers know that many households have new and often expensive, items in their homes following the December holidays especially items such as new tech such as tablets or laptops, mobile phones, music systems, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment. In many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other rubbish. 

Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin.

  • Break down any boxes you are throwing out and put them in rubbish bags and place them inside the wheelie bin.
  • With computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future. Would they be useful as storage boxes?
  • Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside in a garage or loft.

Register your property securely and free of charge on the national property marking database www.immobilise.com

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Protect yourself online

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Online support

What is cybercrime?

'Cyber crime' is a term used to define any crime that takes place online or where a digital system is targeted by means of a criminal attack.

Nottinghamshire Police takes cyber criminality very seriously, with cyber-enabled crime (existing crimes that have been transformed in scale or form by use of the Internet) being one of our strategic priorities. Victims of cyber crime can be a single person, a group of people, or an organisation. Some examples of how cyber crime can affect you as an individual or group are:

  • Having your social media or other online accounts hacked
  • Being bullied online (often referred to as cyber bullying)
  • Someone gaining access to your online banking account(s), giving them your access to your bank account details and finances (this may also come under fraud - see our dedicated Fraud advice pages)
  • A person or group pretending to be someone they are not while online for the purposes of extracting money from you
  • Spam emails for the purposes of infecting devices and stealing personal information, or scam emails attempting to part you with your money

Large companies or organisations may also face the danger of cyber breaches or hacks - where cyber criminals attempt to disrupt business or steal data owned by a business - for the purposes of corporate espionage, ransom, or to de-fraud that business' customers.

Protect yourself against cybercrime

By taking a few simple steps to educate yourself about the dangers of cyber crime and how you can protect yourself, you are making it much more difficult for the criminals to take advantage.

Please report all cybercrime incidents directly through the Action Fraud website, or by calling 0300 123 2040

We align all of our advice with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), please take a look at their website for further support and guidance.

Nottinghamshire Police have teamed up with Get Safe Online, an expert in advance about keeping yourself protected and safe while using technology in a world that is increasingly based online in your personal and professional life.

Here, you can find out lots more about all aspects of staying safe online, including:

There is also a dedicated advice section for businesses that covers protecting hardware and devices, information security, software protection and advice on ways of working.

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Advice guide - Security at places of worship

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Keeping places of worship secure

We at Nottinghamshire Police recognise the impact a crime against a Minister of Religion or their place of worship has not only on them, but on the whole faith community.

The downloadable PDF guide contains a self-assessment checklist to help you improve the security of your building and the property inside it.

This page provides advice, which we hope will reduce the chances of you or your place of worship becoming a victim of crime and, at the same time, provide a much safer environment for people to meet and practise their faith or religion. It also contains a self-assessment checklist to help you improve the security of your building and the property inside it.

Please take some time to read this information and act quickly to secure your premises to reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim of crime.

You should review the security at your place of worship using the checklist in this booklet and always contact us if you notice anything suspicious.

Crime prevention is a shared responsibility. While we are working hard to bring criminals to justice and prevent crimes from being committed, the whole community can play a part in making Nottinghamshire a safer place in which to live and worship.

Improving security

Making your place of worship safer.

The majority of burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. They choose premises that have no obvious signs of security and where they think they will not be seen.

If they have succeeded once, they can be motivated to try again. Research shows there is an increased chance of a repeat burglary at the same premises. Some 21per cent of non-residential premises burglaries are targeted again within a matter of weeks. This is because the criminal knows the layout of the building and is confident they can access it again.

Often security will only be improved after stolen property has been replaced following a break in. Now is a good time for you to determine the risk of crime to your place of worship and we excourage all worshippers to help identify any security risks. It is in everyone’s interest to ensure the security and safety of your place of worship.

Metal theft

  • Wherever metals are present there is an increased risk of theft and existing security arrangements should be reviewed.
  • Make theft more difficult by removing any easy access to building roofs, such as water butts, waste bins and tall trees located near to the building.
  • Store ladders in a secure place. This is particularly important when building work involving scaffolding is taking place.
  • Maximise surveillance levels, including cutting back tall trees and shrubs.
  • Protect the lower sections of lightning conductor ribbons.
  • Consider the use of a lighting scheme at roof level where metal roof coverings are present.
  • Security mark metal goods. SmartWater is a security marking product that forensically links thieves to crime scenes and is being successfully used to combat the theft of metals. SmartWater can be used on property that is exposed to the elements and doesn’t damage items when it is applied to them.

Security of buildings

Clearly define the boundary of your premises. This will help you to inform visitors that they are entering private property. This can be achieved by using fencing, walls, gates, landscaping and clear signs.

  • Where possible, have one entry/exit point to minimise the opportunity for unauthorised access. This should be indicated with clear signage.
  • Ensure that the appropriate people within your place of worship are briefed on the security procedures, particularly those who may use the building when the Minister of Religion is not present.
  • Identify any features in your premises that could provide cover for intruders and remove or improve them. Examples include recessed doorways, landscaping and poorly lit areas.
  • Ensure that removing vulnerable features such as low wall or down pipes restricts access to the roof.

Doors, windows and locks security

There are a wide range of doors, windows and locks that provide additional security.

It is not possible within this advice guide to give full and comprehensive advice, however, your choice of protection for doors and windows will depend on a number of issues, including the following:

  • The location of the door/window
  • The location of the property
  • The risk relating to the loss or damage of the property
  • The use of additional security products and technology, including CCTV, intruder detection equipment and asset marking systems.

For information on door, window and lock security visit: www.securedbydesign.com for relevant standards and details of Association of Chief Police Officer (ACPO) approved security companies.

Locking up your property

Adopt a set procedure for securing your place of worship. This should include:

  • A routine check that all entrance doors, windows and skylights are locked.
  • A final building check before securing the premises to ensure that no one is hidden in the toilets or other rooms.
  • Periodic checks on all security fixtures and fittings, such as locks, catches and bolts.

Keeping keys safe and secure

  • Ensure there is a system of control for the safe storage and issuing of keys.
  • Regularly audit your stock of keys to highlight the exact location of every key and identify any that are missing.
  • If keys are missing, change the locks immediately.

Preventing theft from your place of worship

  • Valuable items such as computers or offertory boxes should be locked away in secure rooms or put in purpose-built containers when not in use.
  • Rooms containing valuable equipment or property should be kept locked and alarmed when not in use.
  • Security mark property with an ultra violet marker or other commercial marking system to identify the owner and deter thieves.
  • Ensure that any tools are securely stored away in lockable cabinets.
  • Keep cash on the premises to a minimum and keep it secure in a safe.

Keep your place of worship well lit

  • Unlit areas can provide a hiding place for thieves. It is important that you install suitable and effective lighting.
  • Ensure that there are no shaded areas on your premises.
  • Lights with a sensor that switch the lights on when movement is detected can be very effective. The better systems have a separate sensor to cover vulnerable areas.
  • Consider using low wattage lights that automatically switch on at dusk and remain on until dawn. They can also reduce lighting costs.

Alarms

Install an intruder alarm. Alarms should have an automatic cut off after 20 minutes. Choose the correct alarm for you and your premises.

Ensure there is a nominated person for setting the alarm each day.

For an alarm to be fully effective it must:

  • Meet the appropriate standards.
  • Meet any conditions set by your insurer.
  • Be maintained regularly and inspected by a member of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB).

Types of alarm

When aremote signalling alarm is activated the system automatically informs a monitoring company that can (if appropriate) notify the police. This type of alarm is the most effective available and is particularly suited for isolated premises or when you do not want to rely on others to contact the police in the event of a break in. Monitoring companies for this type of alarm usually charge a fee.

An audible only alarm activates a bell or siren to deter a burglar and to attract the attention of neighbours or passers by. Nationally, the police receive thousands of this type of alarm call every year. Only a few are genuine.

Following national guidelines, police will only attend audible alarm activations if there is an additional indication of a burglary, such as an open door or a broken window.

CCTV systems

CCTV systems can be an effective and useful tool for preventing and investigating crime.

Careful consideration must be given to the placement and management of any CCTV system.

For the system to be effective you must:

  • Clean the camera and recording equipment regularly
  • Store all recording equipment and recorded material in a locked cabinet to prevent a thief from removing evidence while on the premises
  • If using tapes, have one tape clearly identified for each day of the month. Use a tape 12 times a year only before replacing it. Replace tapes annually
  • Store a recorded tape or digital image for 31 days before recording over it
  • Tapes must be changed regularly to ensure you are recording a clear image
  • Ensure the time and date settings are correct. This will avoid confusion about when an incident occurred. It also removes the opportunity for a defendant to challenge the evidence of recordings in court
  • Display signs to warn the public that they are being recorded
  • Face the camera towards the doorway so you get a clear head and shoulders image of everybody entering and leaving the premises
  • To avoid recording a silhouette image when cameras are pointing at doorways, you should have a backlight to limit the effects of the sun shining through the doors

Most non-domestic CCTV systems must be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in order to comply with the GDPR.

In order for the CCTV system to be legal there must be clear signage stating:

  • The name of the operator
  • The purpose of the system, for example, crime prevention
  • A contact telephone number

For more information on the legal requirements for using CCTV, contact the Information Commissioner’s Office helpline on 0303 123 1113 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or visit www.ico.org.uk

Security Marking

Security marking improves the chances of police reuniting stolen property with its lawful owner if it is stolen and later recovered.

It can also assist in criminal investigations by providing valuable evidence, which may lead to a successful prosecution.

Various methods of security marking are available and include:

  • SmartWater
  • Labels, plates and stickers
  • Postcoding
  • Engraving and chemical etching
  • Barcodes
  • Chemical trace
  • Tracking devices
  • Identification tags
  • Micro-marking
  • Online registration databases, such as www.immobilise.com
  • Serial number and warranty databases
  • Photographic databases

If you use one of these methods you should ensure that it identifies that the item belongs to you. Always mark items in a prominent position to deter potential thieves. Check the security markings on your property at least every 12 months.

Every item should have a secure and visible mark that will help us return it to you if it is stolen and later recovered.

Listed Buildings

Places of worship make a significant contribution to the heritage and life of the nation, demonstrating the finest design, workmanship and decoration of their generation, while representing the most recognisable features of our rural landscape and urban areas.

Places of worship can be included on a list compiled by the Secretary of State that identifies those buildings, which are assessed as being of special architectural or historic interest, therefore merit special protection measures.

The historic fabric and aesthetics of places of worship must be considered before any consideration is made to the installation of doors, alarms or CCTV. If additional security measures are considered, a Faculty or planning permission may be required.

Nottinghamshire Business Watch

Notts Business Watch is part of an electronic messaging system supported by Nottinghamshire Police and other public bodies across the county, called Neighbourhood Alert.

The system enables police officers and staff to keep you informed of crime alerts and appeals, local incidents and crime prevention advice which can be emailed directly to you.

Notts Business Watch is open to the whole business community, including local churches, mosques and other faith buildings. By working together with the business community, we aim to prevent crimes that are often committed against places of worship, including criminal damage and theft.

By signing up to the system, you will also have the opportunity to become part of a wider faith community and share information with each other and the police.

You will be kept informed of policing and crime issues relevant to your local area and business type. They system allows you to communicate regularly with us at the touch of a button, which we hope will reassure you that we will act on your concerns and work with you to cut crime in your area.

To register for alerts from Notts Business Watch visit www.nottsbusinesswatch.co.uk

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Protecting your vehicle

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Crime prevention advice to help avoid you becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

Car security

Crimes against vehicles, including the theft of and theft of items from them, is reducing locally and nationally. But it is important your vehicle is not an easy target for criminals. Most vehicle crime can be prevented.

Follow the advice in this section to help secure your vehicle.

Car security at home

  • Where possible ensure that your vehicle is parked on your driveway or in your garage if you have one. Alternatively, ensure your vehicle is parked in a well lit area.
  • Have an alarm and immobiliser fitted if your vehicle doesn’t already have one. This is an effective way of deterring criminals. A Thatcham-compliant immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles.
  • Locking wheel nuts are cheap and easy to fit to prevent your alloy wheels being stolen.
  • Catalytic converters can be marked using a specialist metal security marking chemical and secure labels to warn potential thieves that the catalytic converter carries an identification mark.

Key security

  • Keep your car keys safe and out of sight at home. Ensure they are not left near unlocked doors or open windows in your home to ensure they are not easily available to opportunist thieves.
  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle, even for a second. This includes at fuel stations and when de-icing your vehicle.
  • The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) approved locksmiths can help with vehicle keys and locks if they are lost or stolen.

Car key security

Keyless Entry Vehicles security

Thieves are targeting vehicles which have keyless entry systems using digital scanners allowing the car to be unlocked without a trace of forced entry or damage.

Regular remote locking fobs which require the car owner to press a button are not vulnerable to these crimes, it is only those cars which allow the owner to approach and unlock the car with the keys still in their pocket.

Advice for drivers with concerns about car security:

  1. Understand the digital functions of your car: do you have a keyless entry system? If so, can the fob be switched off overnight? Speak to your dealer about software updates and whether new key fobs with added security are available.
  2. Store keys away from household entry points: a keyless fob should be stored as far into your home as is possible, hampering a criminal’s ability to detect and relay its signal.
  3. Signal blocking pouches (Faraday pouches) will block the signal from a keyless entry fob. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Don’t forget about your spare key! Make sure you test your signal blocking pouch or choose one that has the Secured by Design accreditation.

Carmakers are already introducing keys with motion sensors which deactivate when stored, and new secure signal transmission technologies. While these counter-measures come into the market, concerned drivers should contact their dealer to discuss the digital functionality of their cars.

To further secure your vehicle consider the following:

Add a device to physically immobilise the car like a Thatcham approved wheel clamp or a steering wheel lock. Any physical device like this will act as a very visible deterrent and given the additional time and effort that will be needed to overcome these devices will make would thieves think twice about targeting your vehicle. These devices are relatively inexpensive.

Once the criminals have managed to programme their own key then all of the vehicle’s in built security is down. You may therefore wish to install an additional, aftermarket Thatcham approved alarm or electronic immobiliser which can scare away the criminals or prevent them from driving the car away even if they have the key. To ensure the reliability of the installation always use a Thatcham Recognised Installer.

You may also consider a Thatcham Category 5 or Category 6 vehicle tracking and recovery system. Whilst it may not prevent the initial theft, with an average recovery time of 2 hours it will certainly ensure you get your vehicle back as quickly as possible. Other Tracking systems to lower Category standards can also be effective at aiding vehicle recovery.

Parking your vehicle

  • Think before you park, particularly when it is dark or if you are leaving your vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy well-lit area. Avoid parking in secluded spots which could put both you and your car at risk.
  • If you are parking in a public car park, use one that has achieved the Park Mark Safer Parking Award. This is an initiative aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities. The award is granted to parking areas that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment as conducted by the Police. Visit the Park Mark website for more information.

For further and more detailed advice please refer to our Securing Your Vehicle guide.

Motorbike and scooter security

More motorbikes and scooters are stolen than cars, and unfortunately fewer are recovered. However, theft doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of owning a motorbike or scooter. Vehicle crime is often opportunist, but you can outsmart most criminals by taking simple steps to secure your motorbike or scooter.

Securing your motorbike or scooter

  • If your motorbike or scooter doesn’t already have one, consider having a Thatcham or Sold Secure approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted. Ask your insurance company which devices they would recommend that will not invalidate your policy.
  • If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks. The most important thing to remember is to secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
  • Always put your steering lock on.
  • When you are not using your motorbike or scooter, put it in your garage or a secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor to secure it to inside the building. Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered up, even when you are at home.

Security tips when riding your motorbike or scooter

  • When riding, keep your valuables hidden to prevent them from being snatched.
  • If you stick to a daily routine, try to vary where you park. Plan ahead and think about where you are going to park. Try and find out where Park Mark car parks are if you are travelling to an unfamiliar place.
  • Let a friend or relative know where you are going and what time you expect to be back.

For further and more detailed advice please refer to our motorbike and scooter security guide.

Contact information

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Protecting your art and antiques

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Protecting your art and antiques

Nottinghamshire Police recognises the high value that art and antiques hold in monetary value and sentimental value for their owner.

Keeping detailed documentation can be crucial in helping return art and antiques to their owner if they are stolen.

These tips show how you can go about keeping a detailed inventory of your valuables.

Take photographs of your valuables

Having photographs of your valuable items can greatly increase the chances of them being returned to you if they are stolen.

Take a few photographs of each item, including the aspects of it that make it uniquely identifiable.

It can be useful if you can include the following in your photographs:

  • Any distinguishing marks and hallmarks
  • The object’s size and dimensions, by placing a ruler next to it
  • Show the front and back of the item, particularly paintings
  • Try to use a plain background
  • Take the photograph in natural light rather than using the flash facility

Write a description of your valuables

It is far easier to write a description of your valuable item when you are looking at it, rather than trying to remember it in the event of it being stolen.

When describing an object of value, the ‘Object ID’ format is recognised throughout the art world and usually includes some of the following details:

  • Type of object - for example, painting or clock
  • Materials - for example, wood, ceramic or glass
  • Measurements - size and weight
  • Marking - hallmarks, signatures, any damage or marks
  • Title - name of the painting or object
  • Maker - creator or company
  • Subject - what the object represents
  • Date or period of the object - for example, art deco

It is also useful to include any extra information that could help identify the object, for example, its colour or shape.

Once you have taken photographs and written descriptions of your art and antiques, make sure you keep them in a safe place.

It is important that they are not kept with your art and antiques.

Property marking

Property marking (also known as asset marking) is becoming an increasingly popular crime prevention technique and deterrent to criminals. It is cost effective and doesn’t take long to carry out.

The idea is that if a criminal sees your property is marked, they would be less likely to steal it as the item is more difficult to sell or pass on, making it less desirable.

A thief is less likely to steal well marked property or break into premises where property is marked because:

  • It increases their chances of being caught
  • It makes the property more difficult to sell
  • It will significantly reduce the price the item will obtain

Visible property marking

Items can be visibly marked using stencilling kits to display your name and postcode. SelectaMark is an example of a visible asset marking product.

It is permanent as the indelible compound slightly melts on to the surface of the item, leaving the text secure. Offenders could try to file off the stencilling, but this would leave a mark and look suspicious when trying to sell your item on.

Invisible property marking

Invisible marking systems use a forensically coded solution to mark items. These systems include SmartWater and SelectaDNA.

If an item is stolen and later recovered by police, it is examined using an ultraviolet light, which highlights the presence of the solution on the item.

Each batch of solution has its own unique code, registered to the buyer. This means items marked with your solution can be proven to be yours and returned to you. If you use this type of property marking system, it is vital you register your kit, or police will not be able to reunite you with your items if they are stolen and later recovered.

Ultraviolet marker pens can also be used. They can be bought from most supermarkets and stationery shops. You can use the pen to write your name and postcode on valuable assets without detracting from their value and appearance.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Festival and camping safety

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Keeping your camping equipment safe

Festivals are generally safe places to be, but while the majority of people are enjoying themselves, criminals can seize opportunities to commit crime.

Don’t let them ruin your festival and camping experience by following the advice in our Festival and Camping Security guide.

Keeping your tent secure

Don’t leave valuables inside your tent.

Tents can be easily broken into as they generally have few security features. Consider taking very few valuable possessions, and don't leave them unattended in your tent. Avoid putting a padlock on your tent as potential thieves may assume this means there are valuables inside.

Secure property you leave outside your tent.

If you must keep items outside your tent because they cannot be stored elsewhere, such as bikes and furniture, consider securing them to stable objects, such as a tree. If this is not practical, consider chaining them together to make them more difficult to steal.

Use on-site lockers

If lockers are available at the festival site, knowing your valuables are safe inside will give you peace of mind.

Split cash and cards

Keep some cash on you at all times. Keep your cash and cards in two places on you, for example: one lot in your wallet and the other in a zipped pocket. Take note of your bank's emergency number so you can contact them if your cards are lost or stolen.

Keep your festival ticket safe

Tickets can be expensive. Keep it safe at all times.

Personal safety at festivals

Report suspicious behaviour

When you arrive at the festival site, or ideally before you go, make sure you know how you can report any suspicious or criminal behaviour on site.

Stick to main routes and well-lit areas

When it gets dark, try to use main thoroughfares and well-lit, busy areas of the site and stay with your friends.

Get to know your surroundings

When you arrive, make sure you know exactly where your camping area is and how to find it. Try to remember a landmark nearby or memorise the campsite’s name. Check where the nearest first aid and fire safety points are.

Know your limits

Remember, alcohol can impair your judgement. Drink in moderation and sip on non-alcoholic drinks in between drinks. Never leave your drink unattended. If you feel unwell, tell security or venue staff.

Drugs

Possession of controlled drugs and supplying anyone else with drugs is illegal. You could be prosecuted.

Keep an eye on your children

If your children are attending, make sure you know where they are at all times. In your group, decide on a rendezvous point at the start of the event in case you get seperated.

Camping

  • Try to find a well-lit plot near exit and entrance points.
  • Identify campsite manager and officials - do they have a contact number for emergencies?
  • If you return to your tent to discover a stranger in it, contact site management, security or the police.
  • If parked onsite, don't leave anything valuable in your car. Leave your glove compartment empty and open.

Keep in contact

  • Keep your mobile phone charged so that you can communicate at all times. Check out if there are onsite recharging facilities, or take a portable charger with you.
  • Consider agreeing where your group will meet at certain times of the day, in case someone loses their phone/has it stolen/batteries die etc. and they can't be contacted.
  • If possible, stay in groups.

What to carry

  • Keep your phone on you at all times.
  • Carry a torch - a head torch will mean your path is lit, and your hands are free.

Stay alert and aware

  • Be aware of aggressive behaviour from others, and remove yourself from aggressive situations.
  • If you are a victim of crime, contact on site security or police immediately. Report any incident, even near misses, as soon as possible.
  • Consider carrying a personal safety alarm.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Securing your bike

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Keep your bicycle safe and secure

Bicycles are often targeted by thieves because they are left poorly secured or not secured at all. It takes just a few seconds for the opportunist thief to steal a bike that is left unsecured.

Around 3,000 bikes are stolen in Nottinghamshire every year.

Follow the advice on this page to protect your bike from being stolen and to increase the chances of it being returned to you if it is stolen.

Securing your bike

  • Lock your bike tightly so that your bike is difficult to move when parked.
  • Ensure you lock both wheels and the frame to a cycle stand or another immoveable object.
  • Always park your bike where it can be clearly seen. Use designated parking areas or secure cycle storage.
  • Make it impossible to a thief to smash the lock open. Fill the ‘D’ part of your lock with as much of the bike as possible. Never leave the lock lying on the ground where it could easily be smashed.
  • Ensure that you remove any items that can be taken without using tools, for example, wheels, lights, pump, panniers, seat post and saddle.

Protecting your bike

  • Get your bike insured. Ask your insurer to extend your home contents insurance to cover your bicycle. Ensure it covers you for thefts outside the home. If your bicycle is particularly valuable, you may need to insure it separately.
  • Mark your bike. There are a number of bike marking products are available. Always ensure you use a marking scheme that is approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), and preferably use a visible marking product. Bike Register kits and Selectamark are examples.
  • Bike Passport. If your bike was stolen, could you describe it? Many people forget details about their bikes that could help Police reunite them with theirs if it is stolen and later recovered. Consider creating a bike passport containing details of your bike. See the example in our guide mentioned below.

Secure cycle lockers

Secure cycle lockers are available in Nottingham at these places:

  • Trinity Square car park
  • Fletcher Gate car park
  • Victoria Shopping Centre
  • Phoenix Park and Rise, Nuthall Road
  • Nottingham Railway Station

Follow the three R’s

Record

Always keep a record of the bike’s frame number, make and any other marks that can identify your bike if it is stolen and later recovered by police.

If you can’t find the frame number look:

  • Near the handlebars
  • Below the seat post
  • By or underneath the pedals
  • Towards the back wheel

Register

Ensure you register your bike’s details at www.bikeregister.com

Report

  • If your bike is stolen, contact the police immediately
  • If your bike is registered on a property database, provide police with the unique code
  • Inform your insurance company

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Mobile phone security

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Keeping your mobile phone safe

Did you know up to 10,000 mobile phones are reported stolen in the UK every month?

Whatever you use your phone for, be it to keep in touch with family and friends, for taking photos and videos, using social media, or for business purposes, you won’t want to lose your phone numbers and other data stored inside.

Follow the advice on this page to help prevent your mobile phone from being stolen.

Securing your phone

  • Never leave your phone unattended.If you have to leave it, make sure it’s secure, out of sight and can’t be heard.
  • Don’t draw attention to your phone by leaving it on view on tables in pubs, cafes and restaurants. A tactic used by thieves is to place newspapers or other items over the phone and scoop it up. They sometimes distract phone owners by asking for directions and taking the phone when they are not looking.
  • Don’t leave your phone unattended in coat pockets or bags.
  • Lock the keypad using a PIN number or pattern code when you are not using your phone. This means it can’t be used to make calls or access your personal data, such as emails and social media accounts, if it is stolen. Use random numbers instead of birthdates or other guessable formats.
  • Regularly back up your data, contacts and photos in case your phone gets damaged, lost or stolen.
  • Record your IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity) somewhere safe. To find out what yours is dial *#06# on your phone or look in the settings on your smartphone.
  • Registering your details makes it more likely that you will be reunited with your phone if it is stolen and later recovered by the Police.
  • If your phone is stolen - report it to the Police immediately. Tell them your IMEI number, if you have any tracking apps installed or any markings on your phone. Tell your insurer and service provider too.
  • Mark your phone, battery and accessories with your postcode using an ultraviolet marker pen. If your phone is stolen and later recovered by police this will make it easier to reunite you with it.
  • Set it to lock after one or two minutes without use.
  • Carry a charger wire or portable charger to make sure you are topped up when required.
  • Avoid saving any personal/sensitive information on your phone.
  • Consider turning off geolocation services in camera apps and your mobile settings. Turn it on only when you need to use it. It will also increase your battery life.

Smartphone security

Smartphones have a range of security features that are intended to stop anyone else accessing and using them should they be stolen. Some of these features are:

  • access control i.e. PIN, password or some form of pattern or biometric authentication (such as fingerprint or facial recognition)
  • remote tracing the location of your handset
  • remote wiping data from, or locking your handset
  • a function to display a home/lock screen message to someone who may find your handset to help you recover it
  • preventing thieves from simply resetting your handset to its factory setting in order to bypass any unique codes or other security features that you are using to protect your handset

You can find more information about your phone's security features in the following places (NOTE: The Home Office has no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them):

Apple

Blackberry

For earlier Blackberry devices

https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/20844/?lang=eng

Huawei

HTC

LG

Samsung

Sony

Windows Phone

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

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Advice guide - Motorbike and scooter security

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Keeping your motorbike or scooter safe

Here is our guide with advice and tips from our Crime Prevention Unit on keeping your motorbike or scooter safe and secure.

Security tips for your motorbike or scooter

  • If your motorbike or scooter doesn’t already have one, get a Thatcham or Sold Secure approved electronic immobiliser professionally fitted.
  • If you have a security device fitted, always use it. A wide variety of locks can be used, such as chains or padlocks, disc locks and D locks.
  • The most important thing to remember is to secure your motorbike to a solid object that can’t be moved.
  • Always put a steering lock on.
  • When you are not using your motorbike or scooter, put it in a garage or a secure outbuilding with a fixed or ground anchor to secure it to inside the building. If you can, fit a good lock and an alarm system to your garage or outbuilding.
  • Don’t leave your garage open and make sure your vehicle is covered up, even when you are at home. Some motorbikes and scooters are stolen to order, so a motorbike spotted by a thief today could be stolen tomorrow.

Security equipment

It is worth investing in products that have been tested to ensure they offer a good level of security against attack. There are three ranges of product worth considering.

Secured by Design

The first range as passed the Secured by Design (SBD) Police Preferred Specification. SBD is the national police crime prevention initiative, aimed at ensuring a guaranteed level of security for any security product assessed under the scheme.

Sold Secure

The second range are products tested and certified by Sold Secure, a not for profit company run by the Master Locksmiths Association. Sold Secure offers three levels of approval: Gold, Silver and Bronze, each with a level of security relevant to the grading. Sold Secure Gold is recommended in the following list, based upon products tested in the categories of motorcycle, motor scooter and ground anchor.

Thatcham

The final range is also tested and certified under the guidance of a not for profit organisation, Thatcham. Formed by a group of insurance companies, Thatcham certifies products in the following categories: 1 – alarms and immobilisers, 2 (1) – alarm upgrades, 3 – mechanical immobilisers (locks and chains), 6 – stolen vehicle tracking, 7 – stolen vehicle location, S5 – vehicle tracking. Vehicle marking systems are also tested. When a product achieves Thatcham accreditation, it is confirmed as being TQA – Thatcham Quality Assured.

Some products are not security rated, but are still of great use in deterring or preventing theft, such as bike covers, grip locks and one way screws for number plates.

Safer parking advice for your motorbike and scooter

  • Whenever possible, avoid leaving your helmet or other accessories on your motorbike or scooter or in a luggage space on panniers.
  • If you are parking your bike, leave your seat open so that thieves do not break the seat lock if they target your vehicle and search for items to steal.
  • Use a parking space built specially for motorbikes or scooters. They will have stands or security loops.
  • Look for one that has achieved the police approved safer parking award-Park Mark.

Find out more at: www.parkmark.co.uk

Security marking and devices

  • It is a good idea to security mark your vehicle and as many parts of it as possible.
  • Use an engraving kit or a security marker pen to mark your motorbike or scooter with identifying details, such as the vehicle registration number or postcode.

Engine cut-off switch

Fit this switch after you have bought your vehicle so a potential thief doesn’t know where it is located on your motorbike or scooter.

Alarm

Alarms are not always the cure-all they are sold as. If no one hears it, it is not effective. If someone does hear it, they often ignore it.

Particularly effective alarms are:

  • Paging alarm- sends an alert to a pager if the alarm is triggered.
  • Talking alarm- emits a spoken warning if your vehicle is touched and then sounds an alarm.
  • Visit the Secured by Design website for products approved by the police www.securedbydesign.com.

Get more advice on preventing many crimes on our crime prevention guides page.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Securing your oil tank

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How to secure your oil tank

Theft of domestic heating and commercial diesel oil often increases when the price of crude oil rises. Thieves target fuel tanks at businesses, farms, transport depots and homes. They may use it for their own purposes or sell it on at a handsome profit.

While we are working hard to bring these criminals to justice, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from fuel theft. Oil is a valuable commodity, so it makes good sense to take precautions and invest a small amount of money, if you can, to prevent thieves targeting your tank.

Location of your oil tank

The position and appearance of the tank can have a significant effect on how difficult it is to target in the eyes of the thief. If the tank is close to your house, with one or more windows overlooking it, a thief may consider their chances of being seen too high. If the tank is close to a road, path, drive or alleyway, it is far easier to target. Hiding your tank behind a garage, shed or outbuilding is an option, but it can give a thief the advantage of working unseen.

Invest in quality padlocks

A thief will usually come equipped with tools to attack your tank so it’s worth investing in good quality locks. Close shackle padlocks are most effective as they offer most resistance to tools such as bolt croppers. If possible, padlocks should be shrouded to make bolt cropping of locks or brackets difficult for an offender.

Hide your oil - Consider camouflage

Surround your oil tank with tall plants if the area gets adequate sun. Leave a space of several feet between the tank and the bushes. Bushes like juniper, holly, lilac or boxwood provide width and height when fully grown as well as looking attractive. Use evergreen bushes for full coverage at all times of year.

  • Surround your oil tank with tall plants.
  • Install a trellis fence and cover it with hanging vines such as cucumber or trumpet vine. Place a gate on one side to allow access for oil refilling or repair.
  • Use prefabricated fence panels to construct a fence that goes around the entire oil tank.
  • Defensive planting is nature’s way of helping to reduce crime. Thieves will not want to force their way through or over a thorny hedge.

Fit oil level gauges and tank alarms

Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available. They set off an alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. Devices that send an alert to your mobile phone are also available.

Security lighting

It is strongly advised that you install PIR (motion activated) lighting in the area if your tank. Static lighting can aid an offender in their crime, whereas lighting that goes on and off is likely to alert you or passers by to someone being outside, and is also likely to deter the offender.

Make some noise with gravel

Consider gravelling the access route to your tank, or around the tank. This will make noise when it is walked over. This could serve to alert you and deter a potential thief.

Walls and fencing

A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank. A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point across the top or this wall or fence can further improve security.

'Defensive planting'

Planting thorny shrubs and bushes around your diesel oil tank provides an effective and decorative thief-proof barrier as thieves don’t want to force their way through or over a prickly hedge, as the smallest trace of blood or shred of ripped clothing could help police identify them.

The following plants can be effective - but remember you will still need access to fill the tank:

  • Pyracantha
  • Berberis Julianae
  • Mahonia Bealei – Winter Sun
  • Ulex Europaeus – Common Gorse
  • Hippanphae Rhamniodes – Sea Buckthorn
  • Berberis Ottawensis Superba
  • Berberis Stenophylla
  • Berberis Gagnepainii
  • Crataegus Monogyna – Common Hawthorn
  • Rosa Fruhlings Gold-Yellow
  • Rosa Rugosa Rubra Crimson
  • Rosa Blanc Double de Coubert

CCTV

The use of CCTV as a crime prevention and detection tool has grown immensely in recent years. However you must ensure that cameras don’t overlook your neighbours’ private property or focus solely on pavements or public roads.

For further information and advice

You can find more advice on preventing many types of crime on our crime prevention guides page.

You can also speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

See it? Report it

Remember that you - the public - are our eyes and ears in the fight against crime. If you spot any suspicious activity, please call Nottinghamshire Police to report your concerns.

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Advice guide - Protecting your valuables at home

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Keeping your valuables safe at home

Marking your property makes it less attractive to thieves. Traceable property may be more difficult for an offender to sell on, particularly items that have been visibly marked. Marking your property also increases the chances of you being reunited if it is stolen and later recovered.

Follow the advice in this section to help keep your valuables secure.

Take photographs of your valuables

  • Taking photographs of your valuables can increase the chances of property being returned to you if it is stolen and recovered.

Try to take photographs of:

  • Any distinguishing marks and hallmarks.
  • Size and dimensions.
  • The front and back of the object.
  • Make, model, and serial number(s).

Write a description of your valuables

It is much easier to write a description while looking at an object rather than trying to remember the object if it has been stolen. For example; the type of object,
materials the object is made from, measurements of the object, any
markings the object has and the date you purchased the object.

  • Type of object: television, mobile phone, bike etc
  • Materials: wood, ceramic, glass
  • Measurements: size, weight
  • Markings: hallmarks, damage
  • Maker: brand or manufacturer
  • Date: where purchased and value

Property marking

Property marking falls into two categories; visible and invisible. Visible is the most effective because it makes it difficult for an offender to sell on. When using any type of property marking it is important to display signs to show that you have marked your property to deter thieves.

Visible property marking

SelectaMARK is a permenant, indelible, stencil kit. The indelible compound works on plastic paint or powder coated surfaces. It slightly melts the surface of the object and when cured leaves a permenant, visible, raised mark similar to Braille.

Another visible option to consider is a product called Cremark, which consists of a permenant marker pen and curing lacquer.

Invisible property marking

Invisible property marking solutions include SelectaDNA, SmartWater or Crimestoppers Property Protector. These products use a forensically coded solution which is applied to items.

They fluoresce under ultraviolet light and each batcth of solution has its own unique forensic code. When property is recovered, if the solution is found to be on the item, it can be sent away to be tested to find the owner of the property. It is important to ensure that, if you use this type of asset marking, you register your kit, otherwise if property is stolen and recovered owners cannot be traced.

An alternative method of invisible asset marking is to use ultra violet marker or postcode pens. These are available in most supermarkets and stationary stores at low cost. These pens can be used to write your name and postcode on valuable assets without detracting from the value and appearance.

View more crime prevention guides here.

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Advice guide - Protecting your business against robbery

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Protect your business against robbery

Simple security precautions

  • Remove advertising or posters from windows if they obstruct the view of staff.
  • Don’t hold large amounts of cash in your till.
  • Do not count cash in public view. Cashing up should take place in a back room, preferably where the safe is located, with the door locked.
  • Staff need to be aware they must be extra vigilant at opening time and in the lead up to closing time.
  • Keep a record of all suspicious incidents.
  • Advertise the security systems that are in place.
  • Train staff on how to deal with the public in violent or confrontational situations.

Other security options

  • Install CCTV
  • Install a remote locking device that allows you to control who enters the premises.
  • Install intruder and hold-up alarms. For details of approved alarm companies please visit The National Security Inspectorate website www.nsi.org.uk
  • Install a safe with a time delay system

Banking advice

Banking can be a vulnerable time, as the journey to the bank means you do not have the security that you have in-store. Reduce the risk:

  • Identify a number of safe routes to the bank.
  • Vary the days, times and routes of bank runs.
  • Place cash in a rucksack, rather than a cash tin or bag.
  • Use physically fit staff who have received relevant security training.

What to do if a robbery takes place

  • Close your business immediately as this will help the police crime scene examiners.
  • Help customers or staff who may have been injured or appear to be suffering from shock.
  • Call police dial 999 and provide the operator with details. They will need the address, details of any injuries, and details about the offenders.
  • Don’t touch anything that has been handled or left by the robber(s). Firearms or other weapons should not be touched but left in place for police to deal with.
  • Secure any CCTV images. Do not watch the footage, but tell police that CCTV exists.

Robbery is a traumatic offence and affects people differently.If you or a colleague need help contact the Nottinghamshire Victim Care (Cope and Recovery Empowerment) – tel. 0800 304 7575  or visit: www.nottsvictimcare.org.uk

Advice and tips from our Crime Prevention Unit on protecting your business against robbery.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Dealing with unexpected callers

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Dealing with unexpected callers at your door

A distraction burglary is where a criminal calls at your home posing as an official or asks for your help with something. They can make up a story to get in to your home.

Burglars need not go to the trouble of breaking in if they can just knock on your door and be invited in. Always be on your guard when anyone you’re not expecting - a man, woman or even a child - turns up at your door. An honest face or good story can hide a trick to get into your home.

Follow the advice on this page to help prevent you becoming a victim of distraction burglary.

  • LOCK - Keep your front and back doors locked even when you are at home.
  • STOP - Before you answer, stop and think whether you are expecting anyone. Check you have locked the back door and taken the key out. Look through a spy hole or window to see who the caller is.
  • CHAIN - If you decide to open the door, put the chain or door bar on first, if you have one. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the caller. With PVC doors, it can be difficult and costly to fit a door chain, consider fitting a Secure Ring instead.
  • FIRE SAFETY - Only put on your door chain as you answer the door, don’t keep it on all the time as this could delay your exit in case of fire.
  • CHECK - Look at their clothing. Some official callers will have a uniform bearing their organisation name or logo. Even if the caller has a pre-arranged appointment with you, check their identification card carefully. Close the door while you do this. If you are still unsure, call the company concerned to verify their representative’s identity. If you’re still not sure ask the caller to come back later when someone is with you.

Bogus callers

  • You should never agree to have any work done by someone who is just passing by.
  • Ensure your back door is locked if you are answering the front door to someone you don’t know.
  • Watch out for anyone who says they’re in a hurry or it’s an emergency. Don’t let them pressure you. If in doubt, call a neighbour or friend or the police.
  • If you think a bogus caller has been to your home, call the police immediately on 999

Never let someone into your house because you don't want to seem rude or unsympathetic

  • Consider fitting a door chain and spy-hole to your front door; outside lighting can also help you identify callers. Never let anyone into your home unless you are satisfied about who they are and what they want.
  • Public service employees are required to show identity cards when they come to your home. Examine the card carefully as fake cards have been used. The card should have a photograph and the name of the organisation. If you are at all worried, ring the organisation to check the caller is genuine. Use the telephone number given in the phone book or on your utility bill, rather than the one printed on the identity card. A genuine worker won't mind waiting.

Most energy companies give you the option to submit readings by phone and online, and this could be used to avoid the above situation

  • If you need to have your meters checked but have difficulty reading identity cards, ring the number given on your bills and ask if they operate a free password scheme. This would mean that when a meter reader called they would identify themselves by the password you have given.
  • Be wary of employing tradespeople who come to the door offering bargain prices for work they say you need doing to your house. If you need building work doing, it is usually best to ask for several written quotes from trustworthy and established firms.
  • If you have a back door, make sure it is locked before answering the front door. Some thieves work in pairs and one will keep victims talking at the front door while the other tries to enter by the back door.
  • Your local council may provide a community alarm scheme for elderly or disabled people. Ask at your local police station or council offices.
  • If you are at all nervous, you could ask whoever is at the door to come back at an appointed time and arrange to have someone with you.

Answering the phone

  • Try not to answer the phone with your address or telephone number.
  • If the caller is not known to you, then avoid answering questions about yourself, no matter how innocent they sound.
  • If you have an answer machine, consider carefully before including your name or number in the message. The message should never tell people that you are out or away. Try and give the impression that you are only temporarily unable to answer.
  • If you are listed in the phone directory, you might want to give your initials and surname rather than your full name.

Dealing with malicious or nuisance calls

  • Try to keep calm and hang up without responding.
  • If the phone rings again, don't say anything when you answer. Normal callers will identify themselves and if it is the malicious caller you can hang up again. Make a note of the time and nature of the calls and, if the problem persists or you are worried, inform the police and your telephone provider.

Checkatrade helps you find a trader you can trust

You can see an up-to-date list of builders, plumbers, gardeners, painters, electricians and many other types of business at: www.checkatrade.com

Getting quotations

  • Try to get at least three written quotations.
  • Quotations should include a breakdown of costs including any extras and VAT where payable.
  • Check payment timing and agree any deposits and retention details. Avoid making payments ‘up front’ unless it’s for materials which are on site and you have a receipt for.
  • For contracts agreed at home you have cancellation right, The business should give you a written cancellation notice giving you a 14 day cooling off period.
  • For larger jobs consider choosing a contractor that offers an insurance backed guarantee.

If things go wrong

You have rights under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. For initial advice and information on all aspects of buying goods and services contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 404 05 06 or visit www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

Useful contacts

  • Nottinghamshire Victim Care (Cope and Recovery Empowerment) - 0800 304 7575
  • Age UK - www.ageuk.org.uk 0800 678 1174

Nottingham City

As part of their service Nottingham On Call offers a Bogus Caller Button- a silent alarm to be used when you feel threatened after answering the door to an uninvited caller. When the button is pressed no alarm will sound but the call centre will hear the intruder and intervene or contact the police if necessary.

To find out more please visit the following website: www.nottinghamoncall.org.uk

Nottinghamshire County

Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards has a Nominated Neighbour Scheme to help protect vulnerable people from unscrupulous doorstep callers and rogue traders. If you live in Nottinghamshire then you can Nominate a Neighbour to deal with uninvited callers on your behalf.

Alternatively you may be a neighbour of a vulnerable person and would like to find out more about becoming a Nominated Neighbour.  If you are interested in finding out more about the scheme then please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 who will refer your enquiry through to Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards.

Find out more about the Nominated Neighbour Scheme.

For further advice please refer to our advice centre.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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Advice guide - Securing your commercial vehicle

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Advice on securing your commercial vehicle

Follow these simple steps to keep your commercial vehicle secure.

  • Lock all doors and close all windows every time your vehicle in unattended, however briefly.
  • Always remove the ignition keys and never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
  • Always keep your vehicle keys in a safe place, out of sight and away from windows and doors.
  • Consider fitting number plate security screws.
  • Fit your wheels with lockable wheel nuts. Protect the spare wheel from being stolen by fitting a spare wheel guard.
  • Don’t park in isolated areas to do paperwork of for a meal break. Park in car parks which are part of the police approved ‘Park Mark’ scheme.

Other security options for your vehicle

  • Invest in a professionally installed alarm.
  • Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system
  • Invest in a tracking system to enable you to track the vehicles location.
  • Fit an immobiliser to prevent the vehicle from starting.
  • Install an On Board Diagnostic or Engine Control Unit protection device.
  • Consider installing an in-vehicle surveillance camera.
  • Use a pedal box to encase all pedals and prevent access.

These websites provide details of products that could help protect your vehicle:

  • Approved Thatcham alarm installers: www.thatcham.org
  • Catalytic converter marking systems: www.retainagroup.com
  • Products to enhance vehicle security: www.soldsecure.com

Securing your fleet of commercial vehicles

  • Give drivers training in security measures for their vehicle and the company’s premises.
  • Check drivers understand and use the security equipment fitted to their vehicle. The same goes for security equipment on your premises.
  • Use photo identification cards for drivers and keep signed photos of all your drivers for personal records.
  • Restrict knowledge about loads to only those who need to know.
  • The pre-loading of vehicles, normally for early morning departures, should be kept to an absolute minimum.
  • Make sure all drivers have access to some form of mobile communication device.
  • Keep in regular contact with drivers to identify/confirm routes, stops and estimates times of arrival.
  • Don’t allow drivers to give lifts, or to have unauthorised people in the vehicle.

Securing the contents of your commercial vehicle

  • Keep expensive equipment in a storage box that is fixed to the floor of the van.
  • Use notices which say that no valuable items are stored in the van overnight.
  • Mark all items with a visible marking system.
  • Take all your belongings with you when you leave your vehicle If you are unable to do this do not leave your items on display.
  • All vehicle equipment, whether you can remove it or not, should be permanently marked, in a visible place, with vehicles registration number.

Find more information and guides on our crime prevention advice page.

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Advice guide - Building site security

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Keeping your building site safe and secure

Advice and tips from our Crime Prevention Unit on how site supervisors and those working in the construction industry can keep sites safe and secure.

Site perimeter protection

  • Security fencing is the best form of perimeter protection. Exits and entrances should be kept to the minimum required to the safe operation of the site.
  • Employ security guards especially in areas of known high crime.
  • Lighting; good portable lighting will help illuminate the site and deter intruders.
  • CCTV and intruder alarm systems either stand alone or integrated, should be considered to protect security compounds and site offices.
  • Display warning notices stating security precautions are in force without providing specific details.

Site staff awareness

  • Consider making members of staff personally responsible for company equipment they use.
  • Ensure everyone on site is aware of company policy and familiar with site security procedures.
  • Inform all staff that you expect them to report suspicious incidents and that all information will be treated in confidence.
  • If any equipment is stolen, you should report the theft immediately to the police, giving as much as information as possible about the missing items.

On site security

  • When designing your site, position the site office in area with limited access for an opportunistic thief.
  • Encourage everyone on site to mark all their tools and keep a list of all Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) as well as serial numbers and engine numbers.
  • Any tools left on site overnight should be stored in security tool sheds, protected by CCTV or intruder alarm systems.
  • Remove ignition keys from ALL unattended equipment.
  • Whenever possible, park vehicles off the road at night and weekends.
  • Security passes should be worn at all times, challenge those who aren’t wearing one.
  • Report any suspicious behaviour.

Plant and materials security

  • When ordering plant and equipment from a hire company, always ensure there will be a responsible person on site to accept delivery.
  • Be wary of anyone offering plant or equipment for sale, particularly if they have no proof of ownership, most major companies paint their equipment with their logo, company name or own colours.
  • Order the minimum amount of materials you need and as with deliveries ensure someone is on site to accept them.
  • Store valuable materials such as copper pipe, electrical cable lead in secure stores, ensuring they are protected by CCTV, intruder alarms or security patrols.
  • When the building develops, beware of the likelihood of theft from completed or partially completed buildings, such as copper pipe.

Find more advice on our crime prevention advice page.

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Advice guide - Keeping your caravan secure

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Keeping your caravan secure

You know how valuable your own home is to you and how important it is to keep it secure. Imagine how you’d feel if someone broke in.

But what about your caravan?

On holiday or touring, you rely on it as your home. How would you feel if somebody broke in or stole it?

Don’t give thieves the opportunity.

Follow these simple steps to secure your caravan and your valuables inside it.

When your caravan is not in use

  • Remove all your personal belongings and contents when you are not using your caravan. Leave cupboard doors and curtains open, this may help to deter opportunist thieves if they can see it’s empty.
  • Store your caravan securely. If you are choosing a storage site, don’t just look at the price. Check to see that it offers good security measures.
  • If you are leaving your caravan at home, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your caravan as well as your home. Consider fixing good security posts on your drive to prevent your caravan being stolen.

Store your caravan securely

  • Choose a site operated by the Caravan Storage site Owners Association (CaSSOA)
  • Check to see if it offers good security measures for example secure posts to which your caravan can be hitch-locked, ground anchors, security staff or CCTV.
  • Remember if you can enter the storage area and remove your caravan without being approached, then so can a thief.

Devices for securing your caravan

  • Locking the coupling head into a cover using a good quality hitch lock.
  • Using locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the caravan wheels.
  • Chaining your caravan to a robust and secure point. Use a heavy duty chain that is made out of hardened steel to reduce the chance of it being cut through.
  • Installing a reliable alarm system (GSM)and tracking device.

Protect your caravan and belongings

  • Ensure you close and lock your doors, windows and roof lights when you leave your caravan.
  • Don’t leave anything valuable on display, laptops etc.
  • Consider security marking any valuables.
  • Never leave Caravan Registration and identification documents (CRis) in your caravan.

Buying a caravan

  • Check that the chassis number hasn’t been removed or altered.
  • Before buying privately, consider checking the caravans history on CRiS.
  • Check all the keys are available and correct.
  • Check the number plate is the same as the one on the tow vehicle. Be wary if temporary or handwritten number plates are used.
  • Always ask about built in security features such as an alarm or tracking device, caravan safe, hitch-lock or wheel clamps.

Caravan facts

Caravans manufactured since 1992 by the National Caravan Council members are recorded on the CRiS database by their unique 17 digital Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) The 17 digit vehicle identification document (VIN) should be stamped onto the caravan chassis and etched on the windows.

Even if you own a pre-1992 caravan, or imported your own caravan into the UK, you can still register it with CRiS yourself.

All caravans manufactures since August 1997 are electronically tagged for added security.

Visit the Sold Secure website for approved products.

For further and more detailed advice please refer to our Keeping your caravan secure PDF guide.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime email Nphub@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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