Stay Safe This Christmas


We want you to enjoy the Festive period, below is some advice to help you stay safe



When Shopping:

Park your car in a well lit car park, preferably one that’s attended or displays the Park Mark logo.

Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.  Check it is locked by lifting the door handle.

Avoid leaving purchases and presents in your vehicle.  If you do, keep them out of sight and not on display.

Make sure your handbag is closed or your wallet is in an inside pocket as you move around to reduce temptation from a pick-pocket

Don’t leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if only for a couple of seconds.

Keep your PIN for bank cards confidential shield when entering your PIN at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.

Try to pay for items on a card rather than carrying large amounts of cash.

Think about the item you are buying someone. Are there any security products you could purchase to help them keep them safe/secure. i.e. if buying a bike think about also giving a decent ‘D’ lock.

At Home:

Leave it till the last minute to put Christmas presents out under the tree and don’t leave them in view of a window.

If you are buying or receiving valuable gifts such as bikes, mobiles or electrical items register them for free at Doing this can assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.

 If you receive any Apple products for Christmas, familiarise yourself with the Find My iPhone app, which can help you locate your electrical items if they are lost or stolen. For more information, visit Apple.

Refrain from keeping large amounts of cash at home.

A secure home will reduce the chance of a burglary. Make sure windows and doors are locked and remove keys from sight every time you leave the house.

When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. You could always put a lamp or radio on a timer switch.

Dispose of packaging carefully by breaking it down before putting it in the bin. Empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have nice new goods inside.

Ensure your home contents insurance adequately covers the additional things that you have in your home over Christmas.

Going Away:

Check you have locked all doors and windows then remove keys from sight. If you have an alarm activate it.

Inform trusted neighbours that you are away and ask if they will keep an eye on your property and collect your post.

Use timer switches on lamps and radios so it looks as though you are home and deters intruders.

Cancel any deliveries such as milk and newspapers.


Make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date.

Consider where your deliveries will be left – don’t ask for parcels to be left on doorsteps, in porches or behind bins.

Think about what you write on social media about what you have been buying, and where you are going.  Be careful not to advertise that you’re out partying.


When shopping online, or using a website where you need to enter your personal details, make sure the site is secure.  Look for the padlock being displayed in the browser, and that the web address starts with https.

Remember that financial institutions will never ask for your online banking details by email, or will they ever ask you to divulge your PIN.

Garage -Shed Burglaries

We are currently suffering from a series of garage burglaries in the borough. Motorcycles, bicycles and garden machinery are being targeted. In some cases the garages targeted have not been locked and in others the owner has relied on the factory fitted lock on an up and over door.

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators can assist by forwarding this message to members.


  • Most standard garage door locks are not ‘security’ locks. Consider fitting an after market device, for example a ‘Garage Defender’ or as a cheaper option fit two shoot bolts to the door ensuring that bolt beds into the frame or concrete base. Secure the bolt with a grade three external padlock
  • Sheds are more problematic to secure due to their wood construction. Devices are available to provide additional security to the doors, for example ‘Shed Bars’
  • Most house alarm systems can be configured to provide coverage to garages using ‘wireless’ connections. If this isn’t possible stand alone ‘Shed alarms’ are also available
  • Consider the use of ground anchors and cables. Using a large cable to link several items together will make them more difficult to steal, padlocking the cable to a ground anchor will provide additional protection.  
  • There are a number of security marking schemes available for cycles ranging from electronic Datatags (similar to pet microchips) to chemical etching
  • Ensure that you property mark items of value stored in the garage and record serial numbers. There is a free web based service available at     

When considering whether or not to fit additional security its worth pausing to think about the value of what you are storing in the building. Lawn mowers and good cycles often cost several hundred pounds per item, the total value can soon run into several thousand pounds.


  • Judging by the number of items being stolen the thief will probably have an outlet or handler – if you have any information around offenders or methods of disposal please contact me. Alternatively you can do this anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where in certain circumstances you may receive a financial reward
  • If you see something or someone suspicious contact Surrey Police immediately using either 999 or 101, make a note of the time, description and vehicle registration numbers. You will never be criticised for contacting us and remember if you think it’s suspicious it probably is!

Finally these thieves are very probably local and are operating within your community, with your help we can catch and convict them.

Details of the items I have referred to can be found at or

with thanks your

Crime Prevention Design Advisor