Keeping your home safe
Inside your house:
- Lock your door when you are at home as well as when you go out. It might sound obvious, but it can go a long way at preventing thieves from stealing things from your home.
- Keep your windows shut or consider fitting window restrictions if you like to leave the window open when you sleep.
- Hide all valuables, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox.
Outside your House:
- Consider installing security such as CCTV or security lights.
- Store ladders and tools that can be used to break into your home in a shed or garage that is locked.
- Makes sure that plants and shrubs are trimmed if they are overgrown. This will make sure that burglars can not hide in them.
- Don’t hide keys in obvious places, like outside your front door. Burglars will often look in the letter box and under a plant pot to find a key.
When you are away:
- You may be tempted to tell everyone about your holiday away, but sharing too much information on social media could give a burglar information about when your house is empty. Think about who can see this information before you post.
When you are out and about in Jersey it is important to take some precautions to stay safe.
- Make travel plans and let your family and friends know where you are going.
- Stick to busy, well lit areas and keep close to a group if you feel unsafe.
- Never accept a lift from a stranger, try use licensed taxi in Jersey.
- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
- If you feel unsafe on public transport, call the Police straight away.
- Download a safety app for your phone.
- If you are carrying a personal safety alarm and need to use it. Activate and throw it away from you. The sound will distract the person trying to harm you- allowing you to get away.
Protect yourself from Fraud:
- Always remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Keep your personal information safe. Never give anyone your Bank PIN number and shred any letters that include your personal details. Don’t just throw them away.
- Keep yourself safe online: Change your passwords regularly and make them difficult as you can remember.
- Be suspicious of “Cold Callers” especially if they are trying to sell you goods or ask for personal information.
- If you fall Victim to Fraud, reporting the incident to Action Fraud will help the Police catch the criminals. You can visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 03001322040 to log your case.