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Burglary Advice Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
  • Install good outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise(opens in a new window)
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme(opens in a new window)
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

Doors and windows

In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.

Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.

Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.

Distraction burglary

If you’re not sure who is at your door, don’t open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider – Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller – they may be bogus. The ‘Waterboard’ no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.

Going away on holiday

Make your home look like someone is living in it:

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsafe’ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage

Alert-Fake Tv Licensing Emails

Alert – Fake Tv Licensing Emails

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Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Brief

Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of an attempted burglary residential to a dwelling in Uppingham Rd, Preston. Unknown person(s) have attempted to gain entry by forcing a door. This incident occurred between 27/12/2018 20:30 & 28/12/2018 10:00.
One report of theft in Main St, Little Casterton. Unknown person(s) have taken two Cast Iron Jardiniere Planters from outside the front door. This incident occurred between 19/12/2018 00:00 & 24/12/2018 23:00.
One report of criminal damage in Luffenham Rd, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have smashed van window. This incident occurred sometime overnight on 29 – 30/12/2018.
One report of criminal damage in Spring Back Way, Uppingham. Unknown person(s) have scratched vehicle bodywork and let tyres down. This incident occurred between 29/12/2018 15:00 & 30/12/2018 14:00.
One report of theft in Lammas Close Braunston in Rutland. Unknown person(s) have taken logs from rear garden. This incident occurred between 30/12/2018 11:00 & 30/12/2018 20:30.
One report of theft in Maresfield Rd, Barleythorpe. Unknown person(s) have taken 2 x pedal cycles from passageway at side of house. This incident occurred between 01/01/2019 14:50 & 02/01/2019 08:00.
One report of theft in Stamford Rd, Essendine. Unknown person(s) have taken cash from an honesty box. This incident occurred on 03/01/2019 at 10:30.
One report of theft in New Field Rd, Exton. Unknown person(s) have taken garden features. This incident occurred between 03/01/2019 21:00 & 04/01/2019 08:17.
One report of criminal damage in Holygate Rd, Ridlington. Suspect drives onto Farmer’s land causing damage to crops. This incident occurred on 05/01/2019 at 07:45.
Beat Surgery at Whissendine Village Shop on 9th January between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 18th January between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Buttercross, Oakham Market Place on 19th January between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at the Methodist Church in Empingham on 21st January between 10:00 & 11:00.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

Hm Revenue And Customs Alert

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.