Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for Waltham
The PCSO for Waltham is Katherine Bolton, who may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For urgent matters, call 101, and use 999 for emergencies.
Security of your home
Given the opportunity, thieves will target homes and gardens for valuable items, tools and money, which they can sell on or use in other crimes.
Kent Police works with organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch to issue crime prevention advice and encourage residents to keep a watchful eye out in their neighbourhoods to deter and report any criminal activity.
This guide, taken from PCSO-supplied notes, outlines some simple steps you can take to improve the security of your home and garden, and reduce the opportunity for thieves. Here are few pointers about home and garden security which should come in handy.
Secure your home
- Lock doors and windows when you go out or work in the garden – if you have uPVC windows or doors then double-lock them with the keys to secure them properly.
- Never leave keys or valuables on display near windows or doors.
- Avoid keeping large amounts of cash at home.
- Security mark valuable items and keep receipts somewhere safe.
- Consider fitting intruder alarms, door chains, a spy hole and external lights.
- Don’t open the door to unexpected callers – use a door chain and check their identity first. See this Kent Police leaflet about bogus callers.
- If an offer seems too good, it probably is – don't part with your money unless you are sure the source is genuine.
- Dispose of packaging carefully – wrapping and boxes for expensive items can advertise rich pickings for criminals.
- Cancel milk and papers when you go away, and use timer switches on lights and radios to give the impression someone is home.
- Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property while you are away.
Protect your garden
- Maintain hedges and fences to prevent unwanted visitors from entering your garden.
- Close your garden gate and lock it from the inside.
- Store bins and ladders carefully so they can’t be used as climbing aids.
- Store tools and equipment somewhere secure after use so they don’t get stolen or used to break into your home.
- Secure sheds and garages with suitable locks and consider fitting shed alarms and security lights.
- Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together or to a solid anchor point.
- Security-mark valuable items – taking photographs and recording details such as serial numbers and identifying marks can also help to identify items if they get lost or stolen.
- Consider registering valuables on a property database such as www.immobilise.com.