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Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have created a special
crime prevention house which can provide advice at the click of a button. 

Citadel House is an online digital crime prevention house people can visit to find
out crime prevention guidance about everything from when to use
light timer switches and keeping your jewellery safe, to making sure you lock
the garden gate and what sort of plants act as a deterrent for burglars. 

To visit Citadel House click on the logo below.

Link to West Mercia & Warwickshire Police on line Citadel House
Malvern Hills District is a low crime area. However crime does still occur
and residents should not be complacent. Here are just a few tips that
may help to keep your home safe. Your garden should be your first
line of defence against burglars.  One of the best ways to keep
thieves out of your back garden is to use natures own defence
mechanisms. A barrier of prickly hedge may be all the protection
you need around your property. You can ask for advice at your local
garden centre. Keep hedges and fences low at the front of the
house so an intruder has nowhere to hide Never leave your property
unlocked, even if you are only away for a short while Fit mortise locks
to all front and back doors and downstairs windows. Keep house and
car keys away from doors and windows. Get timer switches that
turn on lights and radios when the house is empty. Install external
sensors so that they are switched on when somebody moves
When away from home ask a neighbour to collect the post. Do not let
strangers into the house. There is a particular problem in this regard
which is known as "Distraction Burglary" or "Bogus Callers". To see
more detailed advice in this regard please click the box below.
Link to Distration Burglary page


We are all troubled at times by Door Step salesmen and people are often
unsure of their rights in regard to sales and returns and associated issues
with such traders. The Worcestershire County Council Trading Standards
Department have issued a guide as to these rights and this can be seen
by clicking on the logo below.

Link to Worcestershire County Council Trading Standards Department guidance on Door to Door sales
Mark theft prone possessions using SmartWater (click on the logo below
to learn more about SmartWater). SmartWater does not cause any
harm to objects and will not devalue them in anyway. Always take
photographs of valuable items such as jewellery
Link to Smartwater information page
Garden sheds are popular with burglars. Power tools, lawnmowers, cycles,
golf clubs etc. are attractive to thieves and expensive to replace.
Shed doors are often easy to break into so strengthen the door and frame
if you can.  Secure outside door hinges with coach bolts or non-return screws. 
Use strong pad bars or close shackle padlocks. Make everything secure
in your shed so even if someone breaks in, they won’t be able to walk
away with your valuables.  Chain cycles, mowers ladders and tools to a
strong anchor point and use a close shackle padlock. Remember though
that sheds are not designed for safe storage so keep a strong lockable
box or cage inside the shed or better still store valuable items in a
more secure place. Secure up and over garage doors by putting padlocks
through the inside runners or by fitting padlocks with a hasp and staple
on either side of the door.  Five lever mortise locks are best for normal
solid doors. Battery operated building or property alarms may act as
a deterrent or if you have a house alarm you could have it upgraded
to include your shed or garage.  If the garage is an integral part of
your house make sure the alarm conforms to BS 4737. When you’ve made
your garden, shed or outbuildings more secure remember to lock items away
every time. It only takes a minute for a thief to pick something up
and walk away
The theft of oil from bulk storage tanks is an issue on occasions particularly in rural areas where the use of such fuel for heating is more frequent. There are steps you can take to reduce the liklihood of you being a victim of this type of crime. Please click on the oil drop below to read how you can protect yourself from oil thieves.
Link to Oil Tank protection advice

Updated on: 6th December, 2015