February 9, 2012

Protect Your Garden Shed During The Winter Months

Filed under: Garden Security — admin @ 2:49 pm

With the weathermen predicting more snow and another cold spell ahead of us, many residents will be finding themselves heading home after their daily shift, close their front door behind them and not open it again until the next morning. This is typical winter behaviour, who doesn’t prefer to stay snug and secure inside as outside temperatures plummet. But this domesticated from of human hibernation during the cold months is also good news for the active thiefs ‘who live amongst us‘ as they can sneak around their gardens without any or little disturbance.

As we know, opportunist thieves will take full advantage of any situation, where they can make some free and easy money and unprotected garages and garden sheds are prime pickings. Think about it… What have you got stored in your garden shed… Bicycles? DIY or garden tools and equipment? Perhaps even expensive fishing equipment or golfing gear? All under one roof and probably poorly protected. Goods worth hundreds or thousands of pounds just waiting to be stolen without too much effort. You can now begin to understand why burglars target garden sheds, allotments and garages, up and down the country, at this time of the year.

Here at Crime Prevention Products we urge that people boost their security with extra locks and garage & shed alarms to make sure their property is safe and secure from winter time sneak thiefs.

February 8, 2012

Be Prepared When Driving in the Winter

Filed under: Travel Security — admin @ 4:54 pm

This week most of our country awoke to find a white blanket of snow covering their streets. Great news for anyone under the age of sixteen. Building snowmen, sledging and the occasional snowball fight were soon on the agenda. However, it wasn’t much fun if you were a driver and had to venture out onto the roads. Then, as the snow turned to ice, much of the North of England was brought to a near standstill on Monday as vehichles of all types got stranded on the A1(M) after a serious of accidents (source).

When it comes to driving in extreme weather, how many divers can say they are properly prepared? What would happen if you had to spend some time in your car, would you have the proper equipment to help you through a cold couple of hours? With the weather expected to stay below freezing for the next week or so, we at Crime Prevention Products would urge our readers to be prepared if they have to venture out onto the roads.

If you have to venture out, we would recommend that each car carries extra food including snacks and chocolate (which will keep your body active) as well as blankets, hats, scarves, gloves and a change of clothes (if possible). Not forgetting suitable footwear which will keep you warm if you are stranded for any length of time.

We would also recommend that you carry a personal alarm this will alert any passers by that you are in need of assistance and an Emergency Life Hammer which will help you escape you vehicle if the unfortunate should happen.

If you are not confident about driving and your journey is not essential then don’t make it!

February 3, 2012

Watch Out For The Cold Weather Carjackers

Filed under: Vehicle Security — admin @ 12:26 pm

This weekend the weather in Britain is expected to reach a chilly -9 in places, which can only mean one thing to most drivers – de-frosting their vehicles before they head off. We’ve already highlighted to our readers many opportunistic thieves are now making the most of the cold weather and simply driving away with residents cars, as they might head indoors to enjoy the warmth whilst waiting on their vehicle to de-frost.

According to one source over 50 vehicles are stolen every day using the owner’s keys. The worry is, as the weather temperature falls below zero, residents will leave their keys unattended in the ignition as the car heats-up, and the aforementioned figure is set to rise sharply.

It’s worth remembering, that if your car ‘simply disappears‘ whilst the keys are in the ignition, most insurance companies will NOT pay out as ‘you didn’t take adequate protection against theft‘.

If you have too defrost your windscreens then we recommend you use a de-icer or invest in a decent scraper (and some wooly gloves) which will quickly remove the ice from the vehicles windows. However, if you do have to leave your vehicle while it’s de-frosting, even if it’s for only a few seconds, then we at Crime Prevention Products recommend that you use proper vehicle security devices which will prevent any opportunistic thief simply driving off with your vehicle as the temperatures plummet.

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