As we go out for that last minute shopping the Police have issued their seasonal advice, advice that is of course applicable all year round:
• Make sure your handbag is closed and you carry it close to your side, so a pick-pocket would find it difficult to slide their hand in without you knowing;
• Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if for a couple of seconds;
• Try and keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pick-pocket;
• Keep your PIN number confidential never disclose your PIN number to anyone including the bank and police;
• When entering your PIN number at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.
• Try to pay for items on a debit card rather than carrying large amounts of cash. If this is not possible keep cash to a minimum.
• Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked;
• Avoid leaving your purchases and presents in your vehicle. If you must make sure they are not on display, store in the boot and make sure the car is locked;
• If possible park your car in a well-lit car park, preferably one that’s attended;
• Think about the items you are buying someone, are there any security products you could purchase to help them keep it safe. i.e. if buying a bike think about also giving a decent ‘D’ lock.
The door to door salesmen or ‘Nottingham Knockers’ are back and even made it into the ’Advertiser’! Please remember that this kind of activity requires a valid pedlar’s certificate which is issued by police in the seller’s home area. If you receive a visit please remember the following safety tips:
• Always use the door chain when answering the door, if you are not sure do not open the door;
• Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill.;
• Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone;
• Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home;
• Always keep front and back doors locked;
• LOCK STOP CHAIN and CHECK – if unsure do not open the door;
• Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately;
• Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family;
• Call 101 to advise of any unexpected callers – this gives Police a better chance at building a picture of where potential criminals are operating.
Have a Very Happy and Safe Christmas!