Archive for August, 2009

Basic Burglary Prevention Tips (from Stockwell Park Safer Neighbourhoods Team)

Have you checked recently at how secure your home is when you go out?   We all can become a little complacent.  It is important to take some time to walk around your property looking at all possible ways a burglar could enter your home.  Most crime is opportunist, let’s all work together and make it more difficult for the criminal.

There are a few simple steps to protect your home:

When you leave our home please lock it up. This means all windows and doors. Several of the new windows allow for ventilation, don’t just put the handle down in this position lock it as well.

Check and ensure all external doors and windows including skylights are still secured.  It’s important to check that wooden frames are still solid and not starting to rot.  It doesn’t matter how good a lock you have, if the framework is not up to scratch the lock will give easily.

Even when in the property, particularly at night ensure the windows downstairs are not left open.

If you live in a flat with a communal door make sure everyone keeps it locked.

Always check the identity of a visitor, if unsure of the callers identity contact the company they say they are from. The company will know if someone is in your area. If still in doubt call the police.

Don’t leave expensive property in view of passers by and don’t leave keys on a table near the door or window.

Those of you with gardens, have you thought of making it a crime prevention garden?  The next time you visit a garden centre looking to buy new plants why not consider buying a prickly plant and placing it by the walls and fences surrounding your garden e.g. holly and rose types. Don’t allow plants to grow too big, so they obscure people at doors and windows. Gravel paths make it difficult for criminals to creep up quietly.

With the summer approaching many of us go on holiday please consider these few points to safeguard your home while you are away;

Do let a trusted neighbour know you are going away, ask them to ensure all post is pushed through the letterbox and out of sight.
Do mow the lawn just before you go away.
Don’t forget to cancel milk and papers if you have them delivered.
If you use a timer you can have a radio or lights come on to give the impression that someone is home.

Before spending money on alarms and security lights among other things, please think about the basic tactics that can be used such as locking up and being neighbourly, through these simple suggestions we can reduce the opportunity for a criminal to strike.

In an emergency phone 999.

In a non emergency phone 0300 123 1212

Or your local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team: 020 8649 2533; 07920 233836

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 allows you to report something anonymously

For more info about Neighbourhood Watch and crime see https://assa.org.uk/2008/10/13/neighbourhood-watch/ or click on the Crime and Safety Category on the right.

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If you are a resident of Albert Square you should have received a copy of the Albert Square Perimeter Path consultation. If you are not a resident of the Square please note that Lambeth have agreed to distribute the leaflet to all ASSA residents as this is a conservation area matter not an Albert Square matter.  For both residents of the Square and other ASSA residents the deadline for the consultation has been extended. Residents are requested to return the consultation response as soon as they can (note the consultation leaflet itself still say the deadline is August 5th)

Background: Lambeth have recently agreed that they are responsible for the maintenance of the path and have agreed to upgrade it from the current mud path to something that will be more hard wearing and less muddy. The money for this work has been put aside in this year’s budget so the work will get done this financial year.

It was the overwhelming view of attendees of the ASSA AGM that they would prefer York stone for the path. This is the recommendation of the Residents Association. The stone is hard wearing and will last many times longer than the alternatives but it is also more expensive and this as a result Lambeth are reticent to offer it.

If you have not already filled in the form we recommend you don’t tick either ‘Modular’ or ‘Clearmac’ but instead write “I would like York stone to be used” in the further comments section.

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