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Darker Nights - Safety Advice

Alert message sent 25/09/2021 16:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police

Hello lovely residents,

As the winter months are slowing approaching our way and the nights are darker for longer, be mindful of your own personal safety. Take a fresh look at your home security and remind yourself of how to stay as safe as possible when out and about.

At home -
• Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes, downstairs doors and windows.
• If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on energy-saving lights.
• Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it’s visible from the street.
• Make sure your home is visible from the street by keeping bushes and fences less than one metre high at the front of your property.
• Don’t forget about garages, sheds and outbuildings – make sure they’re locked and secure too.
• Try not to leave your house in silent darkness. Just leaving a radio on could make a potential burglar think twice.
• Never leave a spare key outside your house, burglars know all the usual hiding spots.
• Keep bins away from windows when they’re not being used as they can be used as a climbing aid for burglars
• Consider joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Out and about:
• Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll get back. Let someone know where you’re going, and be prepared for a change of plan.
• Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and if you can leave valuables at home, do.
• When you’re out, always walk with confidence, and stick to well-lit, busy areas, using the route you know best.
• Avoid quiet or badly-let alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.
• Remain aware of your surroundings – don’t walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals.
• Trust your instincts – if you don’t feel safe then change your route, remembering to stay in well-lit and busy areas. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts.
• Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Always avoid walking alone at night.
• If you regularly walk home in the dark, get a personal attack alarm – they are widely available and inexpensive.
• If you regularly jog or cycle, vary your route and times you go out, particularly if you go alone.
• Try to avoid wooded or remote areas and stick to well-lit roads, or main paths and open spaces.
• Stay fully alert of your surroundings and don’t use headphones.
In the meantime - please do follow us on social media where you will see updates around our patrols and activity.

Twitter: @Charnwoodpolice
Facebook: Charnwood Police.
PCSO 6128 Cody Taylor and PCSO 6389 Nuala Sherlock
NL62 - Ashby Ward coverage (Sharpley Road/Old Ashby Road end of Loughborough)
Leicestershire Police - Loughborough Police Station
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Cody Taylor (Police, PCSO, Charnwood/NL62)

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