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Personal Safety Advice
- Do not walk alone after dark.
- Try and keep to busy, well lit roads and try to look confident and walk with purpose. If you believe you are being followed, cross the road and keep walking. If this continues head for a busy area or lighted house to ask for help.
- Carry a Personal Attack Alarm. We stock a range of Personal Alarms to suit all tastes and situations. Please read our guide about buying a Personal Security Alarm.
- Keep your house keys in your pocket for easy access.
- When you go out, tell people where you are going and what time you expect to arrive home.
- When out at night, get a taxi or someone you trust to take you home.
- Always sit in the back of the taxi.
- Don't be tempted to hitch a ride or accept a lift from someone you don't know.
- Carry your hangbag close to you with the fastening next to your body. Consider Buying a Handbag/Purse Alarm or Purse Chain to keep your Handbag and Purse safe
Being Safe on a Night out
- Do not leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers as this could lead to your drink being spiked. We supply Toppstoppa anti drink spiking devices.
- Plan your journey home in advance by arranging to book a taxi home or making use of the night bus services on a Friday and Saturday.
- Never use an unregistered taxi.
- Do not drink and drive or travel with anyone drinking and driving.
- Avoid drinking on an empty stomach and don't drink too quickly. Remembering to alternate your drinks with soft drinks as these will help you stay hydrated.
- Make sure you wrap up appropriately for a night out, especially as alcohol lowers the body temperature. Following nights out when you have been drinking, try to have two alcohol-free days, especially when you have over done it.
Safety in the Home
- Fit locks to your doors and windows. We supply a range of Simple affordable window and door locks. Even consider some of our low cost window and door alarms.
- Even when you are in the house, keep your doors locked, to prevent someone sneaking in.
- Be aware of open windows, perhaps fit a window restrictor .If you leave a room, even if for a few seconds, close and lock the window shut.
- Mark your property with UV pen. Write the postcode and a house number. See our range of Property Marking Kits and Property Marking Pens and Security stickers.
- Don't leave money or valuables on display in your room.
- Leave a light or radio on when you go out, to give the impression someone is in - you could use one of our 24 hour timer switches or our Simulated TV device which mimics the effect of a television being on.
- Make sure your mobile phone is with you all the time, but don't leave it on display.
- Register your property on www.immobilise.com. This is an effective resource in making sure personal property is returned to its rightful owners.
Mobile Phone Safety
- Only make essential calls in the street. Using a mobile phone in a busy area advertises the fact that you have a piece of valuable property and while talking on the phone you are distracted and not aware of who might be watching you or who might be a potential thief.
- Use them out of public view and somewhere where you can see what is happening around you.
- Keep your mobile phone safe on nights out. Many mobile phones are stolen in places like pubs and nightclubs when they are left on a bar, table or on a nearby seat. We provided Mobile Safety cords which attach the Mobile Phone to the inside of a handbag and prevent someone lifting it from your bag.
- Security mark your phone with your postcode and house number. Our Ultimate Property Marking Kit also has stickers for Mobile Phone marking.
- A mobile phone can be identified through two numbers: The phone number unique to the SIM card. The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number which is unique to the phone handset.
- To find the IMEI number type in *#06# number and record this number, so in the event of the phone being stolen the police have a chance of arresting a person who may subsequently use the handset. IMEI numbers will now be recorded by the Police and checked against suspected stolen mobile phones.
- Always lock your vehicle - never leave a car door unlocked or a window or sunroof open even when just going into a shop for a moment or two.
- When at home hide your keys and never leave them on open display where an intruder could find them.
- Always try to park in a well-lit, open location, preferably with lots of passers by.
- Don't leave any valuables in your car and never leave items on display, a bag of rubbish could look tempting to an opportunist passing thief.
- Don't leave credit cards or cheque books in the glove compartment.
- Never leave your vehicle documents in the car - they could help a thief to sell it.
- Security mark your stereo and if it's removable, always take it with you. Make a note of the serial number and keep it in a safe place or register the details on www.immobilise.com.
- Always lock your cycle up when leaving it unattended - even if it is only for a few minutes.
- Lock cycles through the frame, and secure or remove wheels. Also remove smaller parts and accessories that can't be secured, especially lights, pumps and quick release saddles.
- Do not leave cycles in isolated places.
- Fit a Bike Lock, Bike Lock Alarm or Bike Alarm to your bicycle.
- A large number of bike thefts take place from the owners property, so please make sure your sheds and garages are well secured with Padlocks or Shed Alarms. Never leave your bike unattended outside your home.