Help to prevent arson
There are simple steps you can take to help reduce arson. The best way is to reduce any potential targets:
- report abandoned vehicles
- report fly-tips
- ensure that household rubbish is stored in the correct manner before collection day
- take care when disposing of bulky household goods.
To keep your home safe from arson attacks the police recommend that you:
- make sure all windows and doors have sufficient locks and that they are secure. Close and lock all windows and doors, even if you are just popping out for a few minutes
- install fireproof metal boxes to the inside of your letterbox, or fit an external post box
- install fire alarms and extinguishers. Alarms should be checked weekly, fire extinguishers should be replaced each year
- keep any dangerous or flammable liquids under lock and key. If you have young children, ensure that all matches and lighters are stored in a safe place
- make sure all rubbish bins, wheelie bins and combustible materials are kept a safe distance from buildings (ideally eight metres). Remember fire spreads quickly and unpredictably
- remain vigilant to strangers or groups of youths hanging around. If you notice any unusual behaviour, call the police
- keep all outbuildings, sheds and garages locked to prevent access from intruders
- install high fences, bushes or walls to make it difficult to gain access to your property
- lock any windows that can be reached via a flat roof
- install a burglar alarm to deter intruders from entering your property
- install sensor security lighting to deter intruders
- do not leave a spare key hidden anywhere around the property.
To keep your car safe from arson attacks the police recommend that you:
- ensure that you lock the doors and close the windows and sunroof to stop anyone getting in, even when your car is on your drive or in a petrol station
- park in a well-lit area and, if possible, a public place
- buy additional security, for example a steering lock
- do not leave any items on the seats in view of possible thieves
- if possible, remove the radio, cassette or CD player.
In order to keep your community safe:
- remain vigilant to strangers or groups of youths hanging around or any unusual behaviour. If in doubt, call the police
- report abandoned vehicles to the Royal Borough of Greenwich
- do not dump rubbish in the streets, and report any dumped items to us
- report any criminal activity or criminals, in confidence and anonymously, to Crimestoppers
- share knowledge and raise awareness within your community
- take pride in your surroundings.
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