Protecting yourself and your property
Kent is generally a safe place in which to live, work and
travel; and you can help keep it this way by taking a few
common-sense safety measures:-
- Be alert.
- Try to stick to well lit, busy areas, particularly at night and
avoid shortcuts and dark, deserted areas.
- If possible, spread your valuables around your person (for
example: keep your phone in a bag, your house keys in a pocket
and your money in a jacket).
- If you use a wheelchair or a pram, keep your things beside you
rather than at the back of your wheelchair/pram.
- Try not to be conspicuous about the valuables you are carrying
- talking on your mobile, carrying a laptop or showing your friends
your new jewellery for example, all show thieves you are worth
- Carry your handbag close to your body and don't put it down
where it can be stolen easily.
Burglaries are sometimes committed by doorstep criminals (people
who call and offer services or skills). These criminals may dress
in a way to confuse you, such as pretending to be from water, gas
or electric companies or work contractors.
Don’t open your door to unexpected callers and always check
their identity first. To stay safe use the Doorstep Code for
- Always put the security chain on the door before opening
- Ask the caller who they are and where they are from.
- Ask to see some form of identification - take the card from
them and examine it.
- Check with the company who they claim to be from, using a
telephone number out of the phone book.
Remember - you do not have to let a stranger
into your home even if they claim it is an emergency.
Further information / advice
Trading Standards - Doorstop scam advice
- Always lock your doors when you go out even if you are only
popping out for a short time. Burglary is quick - most thieves take
less than five minutes to break in to your house, steal your
property and leave.
- Fit good quality locks to your doors and windows in your home,
garage and shed and use them.
- Always keep keys in a safe place which is away from windows and
- When you are on holiday, make it look like there is someone in
by using timer switches on the lights and radio.
- Make sure items such as pedal cycles are security marked.
- Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Most importantly - after you have fitted all
your security devices – Use them as the most expensive lock doesn’t
stop a burglar if it isn't locked! If you can get into your home
without your keys then so can a burglar.
Car crime is an opportunist crime, therefore, if you don't give
a thief the opportunity to take your belongings or your car they
- Never leave anything on display when you park your car even if
you are only leaving your car for a few minutes. If you can’t carry
it with you, store it in the boot, not the glove box.
- Fit approved security devices such as Immobilisers that stop
your car from starting, Car Alarms to deter thieves, locking wheel
nuts to prevent your wheels being stolen and etching your car
registration onto windows, windscreen for vehicle
- Fit a smoke alarm to give early warning of a fire and test it
- Fit a Carbon Monoxide detector and ensure all appliances are
regularly serviced by a qualified Gas Safe Registered engineer
- Make sure you know where to turn off the electricity, gas and
water supplies in an emergency.
- Keep your escape route clear at all times.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service offer free home safety visits in
Kent and Medway which are carried out by a central team of
qualified fire officers or by local firefighters. To book your free
home safety visit, call 0800 923 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your
A water safety campaign has been launched in Kent in
advance of the summer holidays, to warn and protect young people
from the dangers of playing near rivers.
Our top tips:
- Don't jump or dive in as the depth may vary and there can be
- Don't go in near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices. These and
other water features are often linked with strong currents.
- Inland waters can be very cold no matter how warm the weather.
Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing
difficulties very quickly.
For more information please see the
press release or
visit the website.