Going on holiday?

A ‘Safe and Sound’ Message from Merton Partnership Against Crime

It’s that time of year again when lots of us pack our bags, jet off on holiday and forget about everything back at home. But Merton Council is urging people to make sure their homes are thoroughly secured before they leave, and suggests following these simple, practical steps to keep your home safe and sound:

· Lock doors, windows and side gates when you leave.
· Keep ladders locked up or out of sight so they can’t be used to gain access to windows.
· If possible get someone to look after your home whilst away. They can make it looked lived in by drawing curtains, picking up mail, parking in your drive or even mowing the lawn!
· If you do leave keys with your neighbour, do not label them with your address.
· Don’t let people see into your home – you may want to put up net curtains. Where possible, keep valuables out of sight – you could hide them in a cupboard or wardrobe whilst you are away.
· Buy a timer switch and use it to turn on a light or your radio or TV, especially during the evenings when you would normally be at home.
· Royal Mail provides a ‘Keep Safe’ service to hold on to your post whilst you are on holiday so it doesn’t build up.
· If you haven’t given a key to your neighbour, leave them the phone number of a friend or relative that they can contact if there is a problem with your home whilst you are away.
· Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries, including free papers.
· Make sure that your shed and garage are locked securely and any plants are trimmed back.
· Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination.

Further information on crime prevention can be found at http://www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention

Or by contacting Merton Police Crime Prevention Unit on
020 8649 3249

For information on Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Merton contact 020 8649 3213

MPAC can be contacted on 020 8545 4720