RESIDENTS are being urged to ensure they fully enjoy the festivities for the Royal wedding by following some simple crime prevention measures while taking part in any celebrations.
Many residents will be going to street or garden parties – or may be planning to take advantage of the extra day off work and get away from it all together by going on holiday.
However, the improving weather and general excitement can mean people pay less attention to home security or keeping their personal belongings safe.
A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We want people to remember the Royal wedding for all the right reasons. The latest figures show that crime remains low in Lancashire, but we need the help of residents to keep it that way – simple measures like locking doors and windows and keeping your personal belongings with you can help prevent you becoming a target for criminals.”
Lancashire Constabulary are offering the following advice for those planning on celebrating the Royal wedding:
• Keep doors and windows locked when you are out of your home.
• Don’t leave handbags open or unattended.
• Only take items outside that are needed.
• Put garden furniture, equipment and other valuables away in a secure shed or garage – or take them indoors – at the end of the evening.
If you are out on the town to celebrate then:
• Make prior arrangements as to how you will get home.
• Stay on the main routes and thoroughfares through any town or city and don’t take shortcuts.
• Take out as few personal items as possible.
• Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair and keep wallets and purses close to your body.
• Watch your drink being prepared and never leave it unattended.
If you are planning to get away from it all:
• If you go out for the evening – make it look like someone is at home by turning on lights and the radio. Don’t leave curtains open as potential thieves can see in.
• Be extra careful about locking doors and windows.
• If you go away for the holiday period – use an automatic timer for lights and ask a trusted neighbour to watch your home.
Don’t forget to cancel newspapers and milk if you have them delivered and either redirect your mail through the Post Office or have your neighbour take mail into the house.