Home and Personal Safety

  1. Make sure you lock your bedroom door when you go out. If you do not lock up, you may struggle to claim on your insurance should anything go wrong.

  2. Check doors and windows are locked at night or when going out. Don’t assume someone else will do it. If you all assume this, no one will.

  3. Make a list of your personal property including the serial number and descriptions. You can use a ultra-violet pen to mark electrical and other items with your post code or other unique form of identification.

  4. Think ahead! Don't walk home alone late at night, Walk home in groups or with a friend. If you are getting a taxi, it is still sensible to do this with a friend.

  5. Never leave drinks unattended in pubs or clubs. Males and females are victims of spiking. Keep an eye on your drinks at all times.

  6. Don't show off your cash, mobile phone or laptop. Don't leave them unattended in a place where anyone can take them. Keep your bank cards safe.

  7. When using a cash machine, try to use it in daylight or well-lit areas. Be wary of people standing too close and conceal your PIN number when you type it in.

  8. Always lock doors, windows, the boot and sunroof when leaving your car, even if it’s only for a few minutes. An opportunist thief may only need 30 seconds.

  9. Never leave belongings in your car – even an old coat could tempt a thief if they think if they think there might be something of value in the pockets. If you have to leave anything, lock it in the boot.

  10. Keep your car topped up with petrol and try to park in busy well-lit areas.