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Crime and victims

How you can prevent crime

Not all crime is preventable, but there are things you can do to make it much less likely that you'll be victimised.

Lock up!

Many of the steps suggested here are common sense, but they can make a real difference to your safety. By securing your home and property you can save yourself the distress and expense of crime, and make your community a safer and better place to live.

A burglar only needs to spot an open window, unlocked side gate or dodgy alarm to make their move. Think about it – if you know your home security looks poor, so will a thief.

Many crimes are as simple as an opportunity exploited. Don't give thieves that chance.

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