Communities are being reminded to check their homes, vehicles, businesses and financial security as the next phase of Suffolk Constabulary’s First Principle crime prevention initiative launches.
The initiative, which was launched by the force two years ago, is continuing to urge residents and businesses to make sure they are aware of the measures they can take to protect themselves.
Further categories such as protecting businesses during the pandemic, recent scams and keyless car theft advice, among others, have been added to the online suite of crime prevention topics that are available to view on the force’s website.
Inspector Claire Simons said: “Following the launch two years ago, we have now improved and updated the advice and information available on our website as part of our First Principle crime prevention initiative.
“The initiative, which was originally inspired by Sir Robert Peel’s nine principles of modern policing, is about Suffolk police working more effectively with its partners and the public in order to prevent crime. Times are changing and with extra demands being placed on the force, there is a significant role our communities can also play in preventing crime.
“In a number of incidents, we find that a crime could often have been prevented from happening if a few simple crime prevention steps were taken. For example, opportunist criminals will be on the look out at this time of year for valuables on display and potential Christmas presents.
“We want to remind everyone that each of us has a responsibility to protect ourselves and our property. Taking simple steps to prevent crime can often be all that is needed to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.
“With this in mind, and as types of crime and trends change, we have added further categories to our bespoke suite of crime prevention on our website. By following our advice, residents can help us to reduce crime and in turn, feel safer in their homes and on the street.”
The force is also asking residents to be mindful of vulnerable or elderly neighbours and to take the time to check their crime prevention measures are in place.
To access the documents and for further crime prevention advice visit: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
If you would like a hard copy of any of the information, please contact the force via its website.