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 www.cardiffdigs.co.uk 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 http://www.immobilise.com/ a free property protection register for any new electrical items, mobiles, bikes, laptops etc
http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/lockithideitkeepit.htm for more safety advice
On this week’s cardifference show (Friday the 10th 4-5pm) http://www.xpressradio.co.uk/ 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: http://www.cardiffdigs.co.uk/policestudentvolunteers.htm