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Home Security, Car Security, and Personal Security Basics

One of the most feared crimes is burglary. The threat of being a victim in your own home is bad enough but to be subjected to a crime a second or third time simply increases the fear of households in an area. The quiet enjoyment of community life is ruined.

Most householders and car owners have at some time felt the fear of crime, with the elderly and vulnerable most at risk. It makes sense to take steps to tackle crime in an effective way by reducing and preventing crime before it can happen.

Home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. A lot of burglaries are spur of the moment, as a burglar may see an open window or other easy point of entry and take their chance.

Basic tips:

Visible burglar alarms, good lighting, and carefully directed and limited security lighting can act as deterrents. But make sure that lights do not disturb your neighbors, and that alarms turn off after 20 minutes.

Fitting a 'spy hole' allows you to see who is at the door. Having a door chain means you can open the door a little way to talk to them.

Make sure that any improvements you make do not stop you from getting out of your house as quickly as possible if there is a fire.

Spending money on security measures can seem daunting, but it is a good investment, will last a long time and can add value to your property.

Contact your council or local police for help. They may be able to advise you on the best measures to protect your property, and may even have grants to help cover the cost.
Securing your property will make you safer in your home, and make your home and your marriages safer while you are out.

Older people

Older people may feel more vulnerable to some crimes, but are actually less likely to become victims. A few simple steps can also help reduce your risk of crime.

Think about getting a personal alarm to use if you trip or fall at home.

Fit door chains and spy holes, or ask the council to help you if you own your home.

Many councils have security schemes that are aimed at older or more vulnerable people. You could ask them for advice.
Phone the Age Concern information line on 0800 00 99 66 or visit the Age Concern website

Car Security

Most car thefts are transported out by opportunists and can be deterred. Car crime affects everyone living in an area and be reduced with some simple measures:

Do not leave valuable items on display

Do use steering wheel or hand brake locks to prevent the theft of your vehicle — especially if your car is an older model and does not have an immobilizer fitted.

If possible, park in a busy well lit area.

Visit the web site [http://www.secureyourmotor.gov.uk] for further information.

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