• Ensure that anyone leaving your property can get into their car, start it, lock the doors and be fully prepared to drive off before the gates are opened.  Consciously think about this every time someone leaves your premises.
  • If possible, ensure that anyone leaving your premises can do so without having to reverse into the road.  Reversing forces one to concentrate on the driving and not what lies outside the gate.  It also greatly reduces visibility.
  • If your visitors have to park in the street, escort them to their car when leaving and check that the road is clear for them.  If you have dogs, take them with you, especially after dark.
  • Ensure that your gate and driveway are well lit after dark.  Replace fused light bulbs immediately.
  • Ensure that the number of your house is clearly visible at all times.
  • Install electric gates – consider this a necessity rather than a luxury.
  • If you have electric gates and an intercom system, ensure that visitors can reach the intercom without having to get out of their cars.
  • When someone rings your bell and once you have established that they may enter your property, do not leave them waiting outside for longer than is absolutely necessary.
  • If you spot a suspicious-looking person or car in your immediate vicinity, do not leave your property or hesitate to drive away from it.
  • Be particularly alert if you live in a cul de sac, given their single point of entry and exit.  More and more residents are reverting to closing off cul de sacs and employing a guard at the entrance.  However, when considering this, do not forget to liaise with the City Council.
  • When driving, avoid wearing flashy jewelry, heavy gold chains, large dangling earrings, gold watches, or anything that can be easily seen from a distance by a casual passer-by.
  • Never leave any important documents in your car, i.e. checkbooks, bank statements, invoices, telephone accounts, credit cards, keys, remote controls or personal posts, or anything that may provide your personal details.
  • The only solution for vehicle-related crime is to have a tracking system installed in your vehicle.

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