Summer was good wasn’t it? Apart from an odd sunny day to come I’m afraid it’s back to Winter Warnings.
Darker evenings make it pretty obvious when a house is empty after dark. Leave security lights on when you are away and leave some lights on if you expect to return late to the house, not only does it deter thieves but it makes it easier to find your key.
Please make sure you tell your neighbours what you have done and ask them to keep an eye on your property.
Remember ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ is all about being good neighbours.
Dark evenings make it easier for thieves to move around unseen, consider fitting an outside light, sheds should be locked and any items left out should be secured.
If you would like to view more advice on how to keep your property secure go to www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-home/home-security
Those of you who attended the Annual Parish Meeting in June 2015 will have seen the representative of Tamar Security who kindly agreed to attend and help me on the NHW stand.
The company is based in Exeter and their staff are happy to visit, advise on home security and design security systems to safeguard your property. They are not expensive and their staff are very obliging.
There are, of course, measures you can take yourself to improve the security of your property.
There are a range of home security devices which can easily be fitted by a ‘handy person’ for very little cost and will deter the ‘opportunist’ thief.
Our new signs are now located around the village, easily visible as vehicles enter. Please back this up with Neighbourhood Watch stickers on your entry doors or windows, it makes it clear that ours is a community working together to keep ourselves, and our neighbours, safe.
Bernard Stanley (firstname.lastname@example.org)