CHRISTMAS CRIME PREVENTION 2013

There seems to be so many scams around, particularly at this time of the year. With Christmas only a few weeks away, stay alert and tell your friends and family to do the same. People are busier around Christmas and often forget to do the things they normally do because they are rushing around, like double checking security lights are working and switched on, or that doors and windows are locked before leaving for the Christmas party.

One scam that has been particularly disturbing for locksmiths recently has been the targeting of potentially vulnerable properties by thieves in South London. Thieves pretend to distribute marketing materials and then check how secure windows and doors are. They then put fake 24/7 locksmith stickers on doors or windows to mark the property as having weak security or being empty. Once marked up, the property is a prime target for burglary. The stickers are so small, that many homeowners are unlikely to even notice them. This scam is a real worry for me as a genuine South London locksmith and I wanted to make sure all my customers, friends and family are aware of the stickers shown in this blog. If you have noticed a sticker on your property, make sure you report it to the police immediately. You can read more about this scam here. Incidentally, don’t forget the Police can now be contacted by dialling 101 if it’s not an emergency.

locksmith sticker scam

If you are concerned with Christmas just around the corner and you’re based in South London or Kent in towns in or near to Greenwich, Lewisham, Sidcup, Bexley and Bromley, it’s not too late to contact us at Security Masters for a free security check of your home. We are approved by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA). We will make sure that the security you have in place is up to the best possible standards that will help keep intruders out of your home. A 65 year old victim of burglary in Dorset has spoken about how devastating being burgled is in this post called Don’t become a burglary victim this Christmas. Please do what you can to secure your homes wherever you are and always use the MLA to find an approved locksmith if you need one.

It is not our aim to scare people unnecessarily, but we want to make sure people are aware, to help prevent them from becoming victims of crime, especially at this festive time of the year.

Until next year, we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and a very happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

Author : Security Master
Added on : 2013-12-09

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