Havering Town Hall, Public Advice and Service Centre (PASC) and Mercury House closed

In order to follow Government directives on staying at home and social distancing, and to make sure Council staff can continue to offer the best possible service to the public, Havering Town Hall and the Public Advice and Service Centre (along with Mercury House) are closed. Buildings will remain accessible to staff on a strictly limited basis. Contact us

Keeping your home safe from burglary

Police.UK offers guidance and advice on keeping your home safe throughout the year however burglaries tend to happen more during the summer months when people go on holiday. 

Going away on holiday

Follow these tips to keep your home safe from burglaries when away:

  • Make sure your house looks like someone is at home. Ask a family member of a trusted friend to house sit while you are away.
  • Don't close your curtains – in the daytime this is a clear sign that your house is empty.
  • Cancel any milk or online deliveries
  • Avoid discussing specific date and times of when you’ll be away on social media or where strangers may hear your holiday plans.
  • Mow the lawn before you go
  • Make sure all your doors and windows are locked and any spare keys aren’t in sight from the outside.
  • Ask a family member or a trusted friend to pick up your mail and clear out any junk mail
  • Install a light on a timer switch that comes on in the evening. You can also get photosensitive bulbs that switch on when a certain level of darkness is reached. If you are using a light on a timer, don’t use it with a table lamp that can be viewed through a window – a dead giveaway.
  • If you normally leave valuable pedal cycles or similar in your shed, consider putting them in the house. Also make sure valuable items such as laptops, games consoles etc. are not in view from the outside.
  • Mark valuable household belongings with your house number and postcode, and take photos of your property, particularly jewellery. You can then register your items for free at www.immobilise.com, a service that will assist the police in returning property to the rightful owner should it be stolen and recovered.

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