Crimestoppers gives tips on how to keep your community and home safe from burglaries.
"I’d like to know how I can stay safe."
Your home is a place to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends so we know you’ll want to protect it, and stay safe while you are in it. We’ve put together some information to make you aware of the risks and potential dangers in your home and what you can do to reduce them.
It is important to make sure you protect yourself and your home from people who may want to sneak in and steal your personal belongings.
Burglars are opportunistic thieves and will seek out any opening they can take advantage of to get into your home - even when you are there. Make sure you follow these safety tips to reduce the risk of something getting stolen.
While you are at home
Burglaries can happen even when you are at home. Here are some tips to follow:
Check your home is secure when you leave it
When you go out, follow this routine:
Extra steps if you are going on holiday
Here’s some tips to keep your home and belongings safe while you’re away:
Doorstep crime, also known as doorstep fraud or a doorstep scam, is a crime carried out by people who knock on your front door out of the blue with the aim of tricking you out of money. This is often by trying to sell you something from a fake business or trade.
Most people who knock on your door are genuine, but you need to be aware that some are not. Always be on your guard.
Who commits doorstep crime
Here are some of the people who may knock on your door:
Safety tips to reduce the risk of doorstop crime
Trading standards’ offer the following tips to reduce doorstep crime:
While health and safety is a big focal point within a business environment, when we are at home we tend not to apply the same health and safety processes to our living environment. However around half of all slips, trips and falls happen at home.
Making a few changes to your home can not only reduce the risk of falling, but also make it much easier to move around.
Each year many lives are lost or affected due to a fire at home. Many of these fires could have been prevented. It is important that you and everyone in your home is aware of how to keep safe from fire and carbon monoxide.
Gas leaks from unsafe gas appliances are extremely dangerous. Make sure you know how to maintain your gas appliances and spot the warning signs of a gas leak.
If you are worried about your safety in your home, you may find our Lifeline and response service gives you the reassurance you need to feel safe.
If you have a fall or there is an emergency in the home, you’ll be able to touch a button and be connected to one of our Lifeline operators who will provide all the help you need and/or get in touch with your family.