Keeping you safe this New YearSafer Stronger North Somerset
Homes are often stacked with new gadgets and gizmos following the festive period so now could be the perfect time to ensure your property is safe and secure.
Avon and Somerset Police tackle many different types of crime, from major fraud and modern slavery to burglary and domestic abuse.
But did you know the simple steps you could take to protect you and your community against crime?
Here are the top five New Year’s resolutions from the police…
Look out for your neighbours and community
Get to know the people living on your street and check-in on those who could be most vulnerable to criminals such as rogue traders or burglars. Fraudsters often prey on older people.
Rural residents can join Farm Watch
Farm Watch is a free service where residents share information and provide police with intelligence. Local policing teams also visit members, offering advice on how to make equipment or vehicles secure and ways to deter criminals from gaining access to valuables.
Register items to increase your chances of getting them back
Items can be registered online to increase your chances of having them returned if you are unfortunate enough to have them taken. Register serial numbers through Immobilise at www.immobilise.com
Register your bike to deter thieves
Join the Bike Register for free and have your bike marked. Marking can act as a deterrent to thieves. Visit www.bikeregister.com. Also buy a secure lock for your bike.
Volunteer and give back to your community
Many volunteer opportunities are available with Avon and Somerset Police if your new year’s resolution is to give back to your community. Visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/ jobs-and-volunteering
If you can’t commit to something regular, joining your local Neighbourhood Watch could be another option.