As the nights get darker and longer it is important to take steps to secure your home and belongings.
It is important to remember never to leave your keys in the car while you are not there. Thefts can occur all to easily. Don't leave your engine running, even if you are just popping into the house for a minute. Always keep you keys with you.
Protect your home
- Install a security light, or ensure your current light is in working order. Make sure it covers vulnerable points of entry
- Invest in a burglar alarm
- Use a timer switch for lights when you're not at home, so burglars will think you are in
- Make sure you check you've locked your front and back doors and secured all windows, including upstairs ones, before leaving home
Protect your sheds/ outbuildings
- Make sure your bolts and locks on sheds and other outbuildings are good enough to resist an opportunistic thief
- Keep garden tools locked away. Thieves often use tools found in gardens and unlocked sheds to break into homes.
- Avoid walking through unlit areas
- Keep property, such as mobile phones, out of sight
Protect your car
- Keep possessions out of sight
- Remove all sat navs and clean away any marks from the windscreen
- Park in well lit areas, where possible
- Keep your car keys away from the letter box and windows - some thieves will break in to your house to steal your car
If you are not expecting anyone and you don't recognise the person at your door, don't let them in. Use your door chain and don't feel pressured into letting someone in. If you feel uneasy, don't let them in and ask them to call back later.
If you are expecting a caller remember: Stop, Chain, Check. Only release the chain when you are happy you know the person. Anyone you don't know but are expecting should show you proper identification.
Never keep large amounts of cash at home and lock away any valuable jewellery. Then if a criminal cons their way into your home their will be nothing of value for them to steal.
Never give work to tradespeople who call at your door. Always use a reputable and recommended local firm.
It's getting to that time of year again. Here are some tips to ensure you have a happy Christmas
- Lock and bolt your doors and windows
- Keep presents out of view
- If you are expecting a parcel, make sure there is someone in, or ask a neighbour to take it in
- Don't leave packaging outside your house to advertise your possessions to burglars
- Keep keys, purses, wallets and other valuables our of sight or safely locked away
If you are going away over the festive season:
- Make your home look like someone is living in it
- Don't close curtains and use automatic switches for lights and radios
- Cancel newspaper and milk deliveries
- Use the Royal Mail's 'keepsafe' service for your post, or ask a neighbour to collect it for you
Having a drink to celebrate Christmas? "There are 50 times more deaths from drink driving each year than there are deaths from illegal drugs." Enjoy the Christmas festivities, but in healthy moderation and never drink and drive.
Christmas CO Campaign
Give a loved one a gift that could save their life.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) remains the biggest cause of accidental death by poisoning in the UK. People can protect themselves by making sure they and their families have all their fuel burning appliances serviced every year, their chimney gets swept once or twice a year and by installing a carbon monoxide detector in the correct place.
If someone you know hasn't got an audible CO alarm why not buy them one for Christmas. Lynn Griffiths, founder and president of charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness said: "It could end up being the best present you have ever given to a family member or friend because it might just save their life over Christmas and New Year."
Audible CO alarms can be bought from hardware stores or supermarkets.
The Benefits office will be closed on Wednesday 13 August, 2014. No appointments will be made for this date.
The phones will be forwarded to an answering machine. If you leave a message someone will get back to you as soon as possible from the next day onwards.
There will be limited reception visits for benefit queries at Kelham Hall. Visits to Town Hall and Local Offices are not affected.
Part 1: five days (four nights) – a week of outward-bound challenges like abseiling and canoeing at one of our outdoor activity centres, then head home for the weekend
Part 2: five days (four nights) – a week of skills-building workshops focusing on communication, leadership and employability skills with fun evening activities like silent discos or sports back in Nottingham, then head home for the weekend again
Part 3: two weeks – choose, plan and deliver your very own community project with your team and make a real difference in your local area – it might be redecorating a youth centre or even creating a sensory garden for disabled people!
You’ll be in teams of up to 15, with a team leader and mentor with you to guide you through the programme. Don’t worry – you’ll get to meet everyone before you go at one of our ‘meet your team’ events.
Nottinghamshire County Council
Tel: 0300 500 80 80