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Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

The main aim of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is to create a partnership between the local community, the police and the local authority.

Neighbourhood Watch started in the UK in 1982. There are now some 150,000 schemes running throughout the UK covering nearly five million households, which makes Neighbourhood Watch the largest voluntary movement in the country.

What can Neighbourhood Watch schemes do?

They can target local crime problems and take action to prevent them. In consultation with the local police they can find out from local people what crimes most concern and affect them and focus on those specific problems.

Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals.

Traditional Neighbourhood Watch activity has focused on the immediate vicinity of homes. However, more and more schemes are now broadening their range of work.

Local problems such as combating anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti are well within the scope of a well-organised neighbourhood watch scheme. You can also take action such as fitting more secure door and window locks in vulnerable homes. You could also lobby the local authority, for example, to improve street lighting or step up the security of a communal entrance.

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April 29, 2024

Keep your property protected - Wealden Police

Keeping your property protected!

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Recent reports of burglaries across Wealden have included outbuildings being targeted, resulting in various items being stolen; from lawn mowers and power tools, to cables and copper.

It may not seem obvious, but protecting your garden and outbuildings not only keeps bikes and other valuables safe, but can also stop burglars accessing tools to get into your home. With the prices of copper increasing as well as the weather getting warmer, we urge you to take extra caution in protecting your home and valuables.

Here are some of our top tips when it comes to protecting your home:

  • Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under one metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.
  • Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.
  • High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants to make it harder for burglars to climb over.
  • Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.
  • Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen.
  • Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.
  • Secure your shed; always keep your shed locked and secured, and make sure it is anchored down to prevent it from being lifted in order to gain access. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles.
  • Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.

Stay secure in Summer

Leaving ground floor windows, doors and patio doors open in the summer can give burglars the perfect opportunity.  If you’re upstairs or out of the room, even just for a few minutes, close them and help shut burglars out.

Extra steps you can take

Consider buying a shed alarm. These are usually quite cheap but still effective.

Add an extra layer of protection to shed windows with laminate sheets of film or internal metal grills.

Create a natural defence against burglars

Planting particular shrubs (in their mature or semi mature form) along garden walls and fences can make it harder for burglars to access your property or put them off completely. To maximise this effect plant them close to each other.

You can read more on keeping your shed or garage safe and secure here > Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure | Crime prevention | Sussex Police

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