Crime Prevention Advice for Home Owners
We have received the following advice from Police Scotland on Crime Prevention:
Crime Prevention Advice for Home Owners
Having your home broken into is something many people fear however it is not a common occurrence. Criminals are often opportunists and may take advantage of poor security. As a householder there are a few simple steps you can take when you are going out to reduce the likelihood of your home being broken into:
- Secure all house doors.
- Ensure all windows are secure.
- Don’t leave keys on the inside of door locks, under mats or anywhere else an intruder may easily find them.
- Always ensure that your keys are well out of sight/reach of letterboxes and windows.
- Don’t Label your keys-if you need to identify keys,consider using a colour-code theme.
- Don’t keep house keys and car keys on the same ring.
- Avoid keeping large amounts of cash in the house. If you must, then put it in different locations.
- Don’t leave valuables in view of windows, particularly around the tree at Christmas time.
- Use a timer switch for use with a lamp and /or radio to give the impression that your home is occupied.
- Record details of your Valuables on the National Mobile Property Register at www.immobilise.com
Protect Outside Your Home
- External lighting can help deter intruders if the area lit is overlooked from either your own property or neighbouring properties.
- Secure shed/garage windows with grills or wire mesh, or make it difficult to look inside by using opaque film or curtains.
- Lock away tools and ladders as they could be used to access your home.
- Keep hedges low and any walls or fences at the front of your property no higher than four feet to make it harder for an intruder to avoid being seen.
- Lock away Valuable items in the shed when not in use and think about covering them with an old sheet or blanket.
- Keep bins in an area where they can’t be used as a step to climb fences,walls or to access windows.
- If you have an intruder alarm,consider extending its coverage to include outbuildings and ensure it is visible.
Remember if you see any suspicious activity in your street you should report it to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. It does not matter if it turns out that there was a genuine reason for the activity. It is as the saying goes always better to be safe than sorry.
If you would like any more information regarding home security contact either your Community Officer at your local police station or the Community Safety Unit at Livingston Police Station on 101.
Christmas Lights Switch On at Uphall Community Centre
The Christmas Tree Lights were switched-on at Uphall Community Education Centre on Saturday 10th December 2016 by Margaret Wilson. Margaret is the daughter of Dr Thomson whose practice and home was at The Lindens, Uphall for many years. In more recent times, Uphall residents will have enjoyed reading Margaret's memories of the village, in years gone by, in the Uphall Village News.
Below are a few pictures from the evening:
Christmas events in Broxburn and Uphall
A number of Christmas events will be held in Broxburn and Uphall on Saturday 10th December 2016. Why not go along and enjoy this great community event.
Strathbrock Parish Church - Annual Craft Fair
The Fair has been very popular with both local crafts people and those from further afield, with around 40 tables having been booked. There is a wide variety of crafts and stallholders; selling unique handcrafted gifts and products. Some stallholders are returning, but there are a lot of new stallholders coming to the area for the first time with some new and unusual crafts.
A coffee bar will be open all day offering filled rolls, home baking and refreshments. Entry to the Fair is free, so why not start your Christmas shopping early or enjoy an afternoon out with friends!!
Strathbrock Parish Church - Crafters Destash Sale
Crafting for business or pleasure, youth / childrens leader, teachers, bargains available, come and have a look. Cafe open, selling filled rolls, homebaking and refreshments.
Entry free!! So pop in and grab yourself a bargain.