Thursday, 9 December 2010

Going home for Christmas?

On tomorrows show we have a volunteer from the Student Police Initiative coming in to speak to us about vital safety messages around this time of year. The message from the Police and is:

During the year we have been telling you to Lock it. Hide it. Keep it.

This becomes even more important towards the end of term when empty student property becomes a target for burglary. The message from the Police is:

Take any valuables home with you

Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you leave

Clear gardens of items such as bricks/ladders that could be used to force entry

Ask your landlord/letting agent or trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house during the holidays and ask them to push through any mail left hanging from letter boxes and bring in your bins

So the house appears occupied set up light timers to come on whilst you are away and close curtains in ground floor bedrooms

Remove obvious signs from windows that it’s a student house e.g. posters

Make sure the boiler comes on for a few hours each day to prevent pipes from freezing

When you return don’t make it obvious that Santa has been generous by leaving packaging of expensive presents on display or in bins as burglars know the packaging relates to items worth stealing

Go to a free property protection register for any new electrical items, mobiles, bikes, laptops etc for more safety advice

On this week’s cardifference show (Friday the 10th 4-5pm) we will be talking to a volunteer with the Student Police Initiative to learn more about these campaigns and safety messages so tune in. If you are interested in the Student Police Initiative or perhaps volunteering for them visit:

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