Warden Cara on Keeping your Home Safe

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Community Wardens

The dark nights are here, winter is coming and Christmas is on its way. While this time of year is a great time to celebrate, it’s also important to be vigilant of opportunists in the local community.

As your Community Wardens it’s our job to support everyone living in the local community, so here are some top tips on how to keep your home safe – especially at this time of year.

  • Always lock your door when you leave the house and when you get home for the night.
  • Ensure all windows are locked if you aren’t in the room. Even if you only leave the room to cook dinner, it is always best to close your windows because a robbery can happen in a matter of minutes.
  • Try to make sure your garden gate is locked and your fences are secure. Garden access can often be a way for a thief to get easier access into your house, so if anything is open or broken, we would recommend speaking to your landlord as soon as possible to get it fixed.Image of the Community Wardens in front of Selly Oak
  • Take down anything that could be used to access your garden. This could be a ladder up against the wall that could be used as a climbing tool or a wheelie bin next to a fence. Items like these can often be forgotten but these are very commonly the tools for thieves to get into your property.
  • Don’t leave any valuable items on show in your bins i.e. a TV box or packaging from gifts. As we get closer to Christmas, it’s increasingly important to be aware of what might be on show outside your house and conceal them. For example, try to tear up any boxes and packaging and don’t place it on top or next to your bin either.
  • Use safety equipment in your home. We give away free safety equipment at the Guild for your home, so please make sure you use this around your house! We have door wedge alarms, window alarms and much more to keep your house even more secure – and again, they’re free!

Please get in touch with your Community Wardens, should you ever you need any support or advice.

 

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