Keep presents & valuables out of sight, away from windows and doors. Close your curtains when it gets dark so burglars can’t see in.
Lock all windows and doors when you go out.
Make your home look occupied whilst you are out, leave some lights & a radio on or invest in timer switches, which can turn lights & radios on. Remember to turn off festive lights when unattended to avoid a fire.
When carrying bags make sure they are fastened securely – if you are a wheelchair user keep bags in front of you where you can see them.
Do not carry or withdraw large amounts of cash whilst shopping or socialising.
Do not flash your valuables – mobiles & purses – Keep them out of sight & secure in your bag or pocket.
When using public transport make that call or text before you leave the train station where it is well lit, staffed and safe, then put your mobile away.
Don’t leave bags of presents or shopping on display in your car – always use the boot & make sure you take valuables including your car stereo, SATNAV & holder with you when leaving your car.
Consider leaving your glove box open to show there is nothing in the car to break in for & always wipe away the circular ring left by the SATNAV suction pads.
Enjoy the festivities but be aware of your surroundings & plan how you will get home safely – arrange to travel home with friends & only use minicabs that are licensed. Text HOME to 60835.
When travelling don’t take risks or short cuts, stick to well lit main routes & let someone know where you are going.
For further crime prevention advice, contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or log on to www.met.police.uk/brent
If you need to report a crime call the Metropolitan Police Service on 101 or log on to www.online.met.police.uk
In an emergency always call 999
If you are deaf or have speech impairment you can use a textphone to call us. Dial 18000 in an emergency, or 18001 if your call is not an emergency.
Their operators have access to professional interpreters so they can quickly translate your call if you cannot, or have difficulty, speaking English.