I shouldn’t speak too soon, but it looks like winter has finally given way to spring. The cold has given way to moderate warmth and the daffodils have bloomed – though probably not for long. Just as the weather affects the behaviour of plants and animals, it affects people too. So the police, like gardeners and farmers, need to keep an eye on the weather, which is why this week West Midlands Police issued a press release warning residents not to allow thieves to ‘spring clean’ their homes, sheds and valuables. As the press release says, crime in the West Midlands is falling and we want to keep it that way. With the better weather we all want to spend more time outside and it’s important to safeguard your belongings while you’re out and about – even if that’s just in the garden.
I think it’s important for me to list some top tips to keep your home and shed secure:
- Don’t leave windows open in unoccupied rooms
- Make sure front windows and doors are secure when you’re in the back garden
- Don’t leave valuables on show through windows − certainly not within reaching distance of an open window
- Secure uPVC doors by fitting a snap resistant cylinder lock, certified to TS007 standard − accredited locksmiths can advise on recommended products
- Lock sheds with a padlock or mortice deadlock to prevent a burglar from using your ladders or garden tools to break into your home
- Chain cycles, mowers, ladders and tools together inside the shed
- Visibly mark your property with your post code and register it for free on the national property registration database www.immobilise.com
The West Midlands Police website has a special ‘lighter nights’ spring safety advice page with loads more useful advice – check it out!
Gat a caravan or motorhome? Don’t forget to secure that too!
Now the weather is getting better I’m sure loads of caravans will be coming out of hibernation, which is why I’d like to remind caravanners about the security of their mobile homes. Whether in use or stored, caravans can be vulnerable so a visit to the Caravan Club security page will provide useful information about all sorts of security including hitchlocks, wheel clamps, alarms and much more. And don’t forget you caravan’s contents! Look at securing the things you have inside your van just as you would the contents of your house. When you’re choosing security hardware for your home, shed or caravan look for the Sold Secure logo for tested products.
Finally, and just for fun, I’ve included above a photo of my parents’ car and caravan taken in 1971. Can you name the model of the car or the caravan?