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How Secure Are Your Valuables?
Whether it's a family heirloom or a cherished gift, our possessions are often worth more to us than their actual monetary value. It might be an engagement ring, or a watch which has been passed down through the generations: some things simply cannot be replaced, which makes keeping them safe all the more important.
Assuming that you have taken all the steps necessary to deter thieves from entering your property, one very important consideration is the safe storage of your valuables, just in case somebody does manage to break in. The fact is that a cheap cash box will not be good enough. They are easily taken away and broken into, even by casual criminals. If you have belongings which are too important to lose, it is advisable to keep them locked in a strong security safe which is attached to the floor or a wall.
There are many different kinds of safes on the market and it can be difficult to know which is the right one for you. Apart from considering placement and appearance, and type of lock (key or electronic), one very important factor is a safe's cash rating.
Cash Ratings Explained
Every safe has a cash rating, and it explains how much an insurance company will cover if it is stored overnight in that safe. A safe with a cash rating of £1,000 will be covered for the overnight storage of up to £1,000 in cash. The amount for valuables is always ten times the amount for cash. So a safe with a £1,000 cash rating will be covered for £10,000 of valuables, i.e. jewellery and electronic gadgets.
Many small safes have a cash rating of less than £6,000. If you are looking to store items of greater value, it is advisable to consider a Eurograde Safe. These safes have been designed to meet a particular grade, ranging from Grade 0 to Grade 6. A Grade 0 safe has a cash rating of £6,000 (meaning that it can be insured for £60,000-worth of valuables), and each grade increases until Grade 6, which has a cash rating of £150,000 (£1,500,000 of valuables).
Which Type of Safe is Right for You?
It is also important to consider which type of safe you are likely to need. This may be a case of where you will be able to place your safe (designated floor or wall safes are available), or the kind of item you are intending to store: laptop safes, key cabinets, deposit safes and gun cabinets are just a few of the options available.
Another factor is which brand to choose. It helps to know that your safe has been manufactured by a reputable company. In the UK, long established safe manufacturers with good reputations are Chubb Safes and Burton Safes.
Beat the Burglar Home Security Guide
Any home is a potential target for burglars; some are more appealing than others and some offer themselves up with a bow that begs to be opened.
If your home falls into the latter category then you need to improve your security measures fast to help you beat the burglar and keep your valuable possessions safe from harm/loss.
Home insurance premiums rise every year due to increasing insurance tax and ever climbing claims levels due to crime/burglary; making home insurance comparisonmore important than ever. Ensuring you follow the following top 10 tips will help to secure your property as well as brining your insurance premium down.
1: Windows; most burglars will want to enter your property from the rear and it is most likely that they will look to force a window to gain entry. Breaking a window will usually be a last resort as this will attract unwanted attention so you should turn your attention to visibly securing them with key operated locks.
2: Lighting; burglars don't like to be in the spotlight so you should ensure you have outdoor lights fitted that operate on a sensor switch (to save electricity) which activates when movement is detected. Using timer switches can be a good deterrent for an opportunist thief if you are away for a few days.
3: Burglar Alarms; many homes still do not have a burglar alarm and this should be a basic security measure on all homes. The siren box will act as a visual deterrent to some extent (dummy sirens can also be bought cheaply) and you can choose a system that simply let's off an alarm or one that dials a preset number or a local security company.
4: Doors; It is imperative that you ensure your external doors are strong, in good condition and secured to a high standard. Fitting a 5 lever mortice deadlock or extra sliding bolts will greatly improve security and French doors - which are much weaker than singular doors - should be fitted with top and bottom mortice locks on both doors.
5: Gates & Fences; a weak or low fence can make gaining access to the rear of your property much easier. Sturdy 6ft fences make the task a little harder and thorny hedges such asHawthorne make a good deterrent. Gates should also be similarly sturdy and locked from the inside with a bolt that is out of reach as a minimum standard.
6: Spare Key; Never hide a spare key in convenient location, it will be just as convenient for the average burglar too and will hand the house to them on a silver platter.
7: Don't Leave Valuables in Sight; Fitting blinds or net curtains will make it harder to see into your property. You might be proud of your 40" LCD TV but do you want to advertise it to an opportunist thief?
8: Buy a Safe; if you have particularly valuable items such as jewellery or large sums of cash in the house then it is a good idea to purchase a safe which can be secured in place in a hidden location. Passports, unused credit cards, etc should also ideally be locked away.
9: Mark Your Property; so that if you are burgled your possessions can be identified should the police recover them. This can be achieved by etching your postcode, surname and house number/name onto the item, or, where this is not practical, using an ultraviolet marker.
10: Don't Advertise Your Absence; many people now use social networking websites such as Facebook.com to tell everyone about their daily exploits. Don't unwittingly give details of when you're going on holiday by mentioning dates, etc.
Crime update for Ratby
RATBY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Crime Figures 1st September- 30th September
Ferndale Park- The play equipment in the park has been graffitied by persons unknown and also damage to the young apple trees that are nearby to the play equipment
DAMAGE TO MOTOR VEHICLE:
Bradgate Drive- Unknown persons have scratched the letter 'V' onto the windscreen of a vehicle parked in the street overnight.
Crime figures for Ratby between the 1st and 31st August 2013.
Burglary Other Than Dwelling x 1
- Main Street - Entry via front door, selective search, cigarettes taken.
Theft from Motor Vehicle x 2
- Desford Lane – Diesel theft.
- Mill Drive – Exhaust pipe stolen.
Theft x 1
- Markfield Road – Stolen road furniture.
Damage x 1
- Charnwood – Graffiti.
Damage to Motor Vehicle x 3
- East Walk – Car wing mirror damaged.
- Markfield Road – Smashed windscreen.
- South Walk – Rear passenger window smashed.
Theft Cycle x 1
- Cooper Lane – Cycle left unsecured on return found stolen.
Theft Stores x 2
- Station Road x 2 – Meat theft and theft of confectionary.
Market Bosworth SNT
Police contact details
CONTACTING THE POLICE
999 should only be used for real emergencies – such as when a crime is happening, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, someone is injured, being threatened or a life is at risk, or there is a traffic incident involving personal injury or danger.
All 999 calls go direct to the control room and are dealt with on a separate priority system, so calls to 999 that are not true emergencies could cause a delay in getting help in some other life-threatening situation.
101 is the number to use to contact the police in situations that do not require an immediate police response. Call 101 to report crime that has already happened and other incidents or concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example:
•If your car been stolen
•If property has been damaged
•If you suspect drug use or dealing
•To report a minor traffic collision
•To report any other incident that doesn't require an immediate response
•To give us information about crime or criminals in your local area
You can also call 101 if you simply want to talk to your local police officer or a member of police staff – you will need to know his collar number and you will then be put through to the relevant extension.
If you call 101 and it is deemed to be an emergency situation, the trained police operators will put you through to 999 for immediate assistance.
Calls to 101 from landlines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long you are on the phone.
Ratby is part of Beat 79 which covers a huge rural area and operates from Market Bosworth police station. Within Beat 79, Ratby has its own dedicated officers who can be contacted using these links:
Pc 334 Justin Hayes Justin.Hayes@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk and
PCSO 6552 Mo Musa Mohammed.Musa@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk
To give non-urgent information completely confidentially call 0800 555 111.