The Home Office revealed crime across the country has fallen for the third year running in figures released in 2006, with an overall drop of four per cent, meaning 22,000 fewer victims.
What`s more, Derbyshire police figures show if you`re aged 60 or over you`re less likely than any age group to be a victim of burglary and least likely of all to be a victim of violent crime.
However, it is always a good idea to take steps to reduce your rick even more and here we give you
10 top tips to help you stay safe.
1. Distraction burglars / Bogus callers - be careful who you let into your home. People may say they`re from the council or a utility company so ask for identification and if in doubt don`t let them in. If you have a door chain use it and never feel pressured to accept offers of work, for example gardening or building work, from a doorstep caller. It may
be sub-standard or expensive.
2. Security - always lock doors and windows even when
at home or in the garden to prevent `sneak-Ins`. Buy good quality locks for doors and windows and consider fitting an alarm. Contact Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058 to find your nearest free fitting service.
3. Valuables - keep valuables out of sight and always put large amount of money into a bank account or similar.
Don’t leave your cheque book and bank cards together.
4. Shopping - making sure your bag is zipped and that you are holding it securely when out and about. Make things difficult for pickpockets by keeping coins, keys, cards and cash separate in your bag.
5. Cash machines - before using a cash machine be aware there aren’t any suspicious people hanging around or standing too close.
6. Car - always keep your vehicle locked and remove items such as shopping, jackets or valuables. Try to park your car in busy or well lit areas - preferably in a secure car park.
7. On holiday - if you are on holiday or out at night set security lights to come on. Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries and ask a neighbour if they will keep an eye on your house.
8. Sheds - fiit padlocks to your shed and keep any gardening or building equipment locked away.
9. At night - always walk on well lit streets were there are plenty of people. Always draw your curtains at night to keep out prying eyes.
10. Neighbourhood Watch - Find out if there is a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area and join it.
Your neighbours will look out for you and vice versa.