Theft, burglary and robbery
We work with our partners to carry out prevention work across the borough in areas where crime is prevalent. Here are some tips on keeping safe and helping to minimise crime.
- don’t leave easily accessible doors and windows open, even in warm weather. They are an open invitation for an opportunist thief
- fit appropriate locks to doors and windows
- make sure side gates and rear entrances to your property are shut
- put away ladders or gardening tools that could be used to force entry to your home
- if you live in a flat, make sure the communal door is kept closed
- beware of bogus callers trying to trick their way into your home. Leave your door chain on when talking to strange callers and check their ID cards. If in doubt, refuse them entry
- if you are going on holiday, ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property and clear your mail. Invest in a timer for your lights to make your home look occupied in your absence.
By taking these simple steps you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary.
Motor vehicle crime
Much motor vehicle crime is preventable. Here are some simple steps to help prevent you becoming a victim:
- lock your vehicle and close your windows each time you leave it
- keep possessions and valuables out of sight (preferably remove from the vehicle entirely)
- never leave your keys in the ignition
- park in a well-lit or overlooked area whenever possible
- never leave your car keys in your hallway where they might be taken through your letterbox.
Pedal cycle crime
If you travel by bicycle please read our bicycle security leaflet (pdf)
On an evening out:
- know where you are going and plan your route home afterwards
- never leave your food or drink unattended
- keep your personal belongings with you and safe at all times
- travel in a group wherever possible.
On public transport:
- plan your route home in advance
- make sure you have your travel pass or tube ticket close to hand
- stay in well-lit areas when waiting for transport
- avoid empty carriages at night, and know where the emergency alarms are
- try to sit near the driver on a bus late at night.
Taxis and minicabs
Licensed taxis are the only cabs that are legally allowed to ply for hire or be flagged down in the street. You can only hire licensed minicabs by phoning or visiting a registered office. Licensed drivers and firms have been through security checks as a safety precaution for managers and must display their licence prominently. Unlicensed minicabs have not gone through this process. Before getting into an unlicensed minicab, remember that it is nothing more than a stranger with a car and don't put yourself at risk.
Some safety tips:
- carry the number of a local reputable firm
- share a taxi with a friend where possible. If you are alone, consider sitting in the back
- when booking a minicab, ask for the name of the driver and the make of car if possible
- if you are booking a vehicle from a public place, try not to let anyone overhear you giving your personal details
- check the name of the driver and the firm before you get in - make sure it’s the cab you booked