Protecting your Home and Family

Identity Theft

What is identity theft?

Identity theft or identity fraud is when someone steals:

  • your name
  • your personal information
  • your financial information
  • any other information that is specific to you as an individual

Why do people commit identity theft?

Someone committing identity theft might use your financial information to make purchases in your name. It can take months to realise that fraud is taking place. It may take even longer to recover what they have taken.

Organised crime networks are know to use identity fraud to fund larger scams. Identity theft has been linked to human trafficking, money-laundering, terrorism and drugs.

How can I avoid being a victim of identity theft?

Before giving out personal information ask yourself:

  • Who is asking for my details?
  • What details are they asking for?
  • Why do they need to know these details?
  • Have they verified who they say they are?
  • Would the person they claim to be request that information?
  • Have I shredded/destroyed any personal or financial information, including receipts?

If you have any suspicions, don’t give out your details until you’ve checked everything out.

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Anti-social Behaviour

Crime that happens in your neighbourhood can have a big impact on your quality of life. It is important to know when something is classed as criminal activity and how you can protect yourself.

Anti-Social Behaviour
What is it?

ASB comes in a number of forms, but it is broadly defined as any persistent activity that is considered selfish, intimidating or contributes to the deterioration of your community.

Anti-Social Behaviour

The following is classed as anti-social behaviour:

  • Nuisance neighbours
  • Intimidating groups taking over public places
  • Vandalism, graffiti, fly-tipping
  • People taking or buying drugs on the street
  • People dumping rubbish or abandoning cars
  • Anti-social drinking
  • Excessive noise
  • Threatening behaviour or verbal abuse, including racism
  • Inconsiderate and dangerous driving

Personal Theft

Street robbery or 'mugging' is more likely to happen in quiet or dark areas. If someone tries to take something from you by force, it may be best to give it to them rather than put yourself in danger.

What can you do?

If you want to take action about anti-social behaviour you should first try to find out who is responsible for the behaviour. It is also important to establish whether the behaviour is deliberate or unintentional.  If you are victim of anti-social behaviour you should contact your community support officer to find out the best way to resolve any conflict.

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Away from Home

ShoppingOUT SHOPPING - There are a number of things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime when you are away from the home.

It’s not only retailers that are happy to receive your hard-earned cash, thieves and con artists are on the look-out for opportunities on the high street to take your money as well. What can you do to stay safe when you’re out shopping?


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Home and Property

There’s no place like home, and it's important to make your home as protected as possible to ensure that it is a safe place for you, your property, and your loved ones. Follow our advice on keeping your home and property secure from most criminal threats:

  • Make sure all points of entry to your home or property have locks.
  • When you leave the property, no matter for how long, make sure that these entry points are all locked. Also make sure you lock up before going to bed at night. 
  • There’s no point leaving your keys in an accessible place – don’t leave them in doors/windows or hanging within easy reach of the front door.

Did you know...?

Burglary rates increase by 11% on average during January.

  • Think about further security measures - a fence, burglar alarm or security lights can be a good investment and are much more likely to deter burglars. They can also decrease your insurance payments.
  • When leaving the property to go on holiday, use timers on lights and radios to create an impression that someone is still in the property, or ask neighbours to make occasional visits to your property or park in your driveway. For more information, visit our further advice on preparing your home.
  • Finally, to ensure you feel secure when answering your door, fit a “spy hole” so you can see who is calling. You should also fit a door chain.  Don’t let anyone into the property that you feel unsure about, and always ask to see identification – if they don’t have any, do not let them in.

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