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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 crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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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.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email crime.prevention@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 crime.prevention@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


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


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


  • 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 crime.prevention@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.

To speak to our Crime Prevention Unit about protecting your property and reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime, email crime.prevention@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


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 crime.prevention@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 - 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 crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

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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.


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 crime.prevention@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 - 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 crime.prevention@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk