In light of the recent burglary in our village and those in Rutland
What you can do to protect your life and your environment
Oakham Police are situated at present at Catmose.
From them, you can get UV pens to mark your property
Brilliant alarm padlocks for about £8
Smart Water or similar for £15 (FORENSIC DNA PROPERTY MARKING)
Ensure you have at least one timer – maybe even two. One for a lamp and one for a radio tuned to a talk programme.
Take advantage of their Cremark marking – ensuring everything is marked including things kept in your garage and shed – mowers, bicycles etc., in fact, anything you would like back following a burglary – the Police at Catmose will be happy to mark bicycles etc. The clerk has one that can be borrowed by villagers
Other things you can do for your security
Avoid leaving your curtains half closed or fully closed during daytime hours particularly when you go away
Get a neighbour to park their car on your driveway while you are away
If any door to door sellers come to your property, say no thanks and call 101 to let the police know they are in the village. Door to door sellers are known to be checking who’s in and who’s out, who has a dog, which has an alarm, who appears to be living on their own. They are connected to criminals and the purpose of their visit is to identify the easiest targets to burgle later.
Stand outside your property. Imagine you have lost your keys and think about how you would gain entry. You may have high fences and a locked gate but are your bins outside – would you, for instance, use the bins as a way of getting over the fence? What about once at the back of your property. Can you be seen? Most illegal entry is obtained via the back of a property and that little quarter light window you think no one could get through, well they can!
What about your front door? Do you have a security chain? Do you use it? Do you have a five lever mortice lock? Do you use it?
If a utility person calls at your door requesting entrance to check a meter, water pressure etc., would you just let them in? How often do you ask for proof of who they are? How would you know if it were legitimate? If you are unsure simply advise you are calling to verify who they are and close the door while you do it? Always ensure your rear doors and windows are closed and locked. Most distraction burglaries take place with an accomplice entering the back while the householder is engaged in conversation at the front!
Most people claiming to be pedlars and showing you a licence will not be. Those from Nottingham as one for instance, who claim to be on the probation rehabilitation programme are often not who they claim to be and the licence they waive around is not legitimate. Call 101 for them to come and investigate while the pedlars are in the village. This is what the licence looks like:
Protecting your goods by registering the serial numbers electronically – visit imobilise.com. Register to protect it! Television, phones, tablets, in fact anything with a serial no.
The Parish Clerk and Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for the village will have a Cremark kit. If you would like to use it to mark your property call her on 717623 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to download the Rutland NHW App – the first of its kind in the country and available free of charge to all. For iPhones, androids and tablets. Download free, allow access so you can use it fully and don’t forget, if you wish to only receive alerts for your area, click the appropriate link for the push notifications when downloading. It has a host of security and safety information. A wall on which you can speak to other villagers or villages about matters of concern, or fundraising events, or whatever you wish. If you wish to notify Rutland Neighbourhood Watch about anything which is a cause of concern use the yellow envelope on the front screen which is a direct link to the email. And of course, crime alerts together with a menu on which are various links, not least of which is FIX MY STREET linked directly to RCC where you can photograph and report abandoned cars, fly tipping, graffiti, lights out, potholes and much more.