WITH the clocks going back at the weekend, Thurrock Council and the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership are reminding people to make sure their property is safe.
Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, Phil Smith, said: “Criminals are opportunists and the winter months and dark nights provide an ideal environment for them.
“There are some simple steps that you should take to make your property, your home and your car, as safe as possible.”
People should lock their doors and windows – in the home, the garage, the shed and the car – making sure UPVC doors are properly secured by lifting the handle and locking the door with the key.
Lights should be left on if the home is empty after dark and householders should consider using a timer for lights and a radio.
Cars should be parked in an area which will be lit after dark and everyone is advised to walk home along busy and well-lit streets.
Do not advertise valuables like mobile phones either in the home, the car or while out walking and, in particular, jewellery should not be left in an accessible place – such as on a dressing table – hide it away to make it more difficult to grab quickly.
Postcode marking belongings with a security marking pen and making sure the signs are displayed can also prove a deterrent and, if the worst should happen, increase the chances of having your property returned.
Cllr Smith said: “If you see anything or anyone acting suspiciously report it to Essex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org”
Thurrock Council’s website has a section aimed at providing help and advice for local people during the winter months. Go to thurrock.gov.uk/winter to find advice about winter weather, winter travel, winter health, and shopping and paying bills as well as staying safe.