Neighbourhood Watch Crime Prevention Free Webinar Series

The Neighbourhood watch team are delighted to invite you to attend our free crime prevention webinars running during February.

More about each webinar

Each webinar will be delivered by Neighbourhood Watch with an expert speaker on each of the topics of knife crime, burglary prevention and scams.

Places are free but limited so book your place soon to avoid disappointment.


Preventing Burglary with WIDENDates and times: 14th Feb 1pm – 2pm and 22nd Feb 6pm – 7pm – please attend one session only Speaker: Inspector Matt Coe, Sergeant Matt Coe, Crime Prevention, London Safety Centre

Understanding the Psychology of Scams
Dates: 15th Feb, 3.30-4.30pm and 28th Feb, 5.30-6.30pm – please attend one session onlySpeaker: Paul Maskall from the Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

Think WIDEN to prevent burglary

Nearly two-thirds (65%)* of us are worried about our home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to halve our chances of being burgled.

Learn more at

We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring you our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets.

At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we’ve extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N):

·  W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked

·  I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb

·  D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors

·  E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor

·  (N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours

Leaving home? Use this free home security checklist to leave your home safe and secure.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said ‘We know that by securing your home’s windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of preventing burglary.


If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you’ve had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted – use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.’Learn more at

Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2022

Easy Street Darker nights Burglary prevention Police campaign

Do you live on Easy Street? Is your house inviting for the wrong reasons?

Easy Street is Any street burglars find inviting due to poor security or maintenance.


Easy Street Burglary Prevention Campaign – WYP website

There are simple, smart, cost effective ways to make your house less appealing to burglars. As the nights are longer and it gets darker earlier, West Yorkshire Police encourage you to review the security of your home.

Did you know? West Yorkshire Police Crime Prevention Officers are happy to visit you in your property to determine security issues and offer practical advice to make your home more secure!

Get in touch to make an appointment:

Anti-burglary Campaign this Summer

It’s often easy on the lazy summer days to forget that burglars take advantage of people leaving windows and doors open to get that gentle, cool breeze.

However, there are some simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security : –

  • Always lock your doors and windows even when you’re at home
  • Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place – do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
  • Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and cash cannot be seen through a window.
  • Do not leave power cables or charger units for laptops and tablets plugged in and on show.
  • If you are out, try to make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to control lights.
  • Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved – TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
  • If you have a burglar alarm always remember to switch it on when you leave the house or when you go to bed.
  • Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?

For more advice please contact your local Crime Prevention Officer by email or call 101.

If you are deaf or speech impaired use Text Phone 07786 200 200 or Type Talk 18001 101 and if a crime is in progress or there is a danger to life, call 999.

Crime Prevention advice for local residents

darker nights posterAs the nights draw in opportunist burglars may have noticed that your home is in darkn

West Yorkshire police would like to suggest that you place timer switches, together with a lamp, in both a downstairs and an upstairs room which will give the impression to a burglar that there is someone home… click here for helpful imformation and advice…

If you require a FREE home security survey you can contact your local Crime Prevention Officers, Jill and Tracy, on mobile 07736087199, West Yorkshire Police on 101 or email

Burglary Prevention – Live Webchat

WestyorkspoliceNow the darker nights are drawing in you may like some additional advice on how to make your home more secure?

Do you leave your home looking occupied when you are out?

If so, join the West Yorkshire Police tonight from 7pm to 8pm for a live web chat on Burglary Prevention.

Find out what offenders are saying would deter them from burgling a house.

To set a reminder, please visit

It only takes a minute!

Lock up or lose out!

The ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ campaign encourages everyone to think about their home security and ‘lock up or lose out!’

It Only Takes a Minute to lock your doors and windows but it is also the same amount of time that it could take a burglar to enter your house and steal your belongings.

The key messages of the campaign are:

    • It only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows to secure your home.
    • It only takes a minute to hide valuables out of view.
    • It only takes a minute for a burglar to enter your property and steal valuable belongings if your doors or windows are unlocked.
    • You should keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.
    • Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.
    • Always remember to switch on your burglar alarm if you have one.
    • Being a victim of sneak-in burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.
    • Many insurance companies will not pay out if your home has been burgled while insecure.
    • Keep doors and windows locked when in the garden having BBQs, gardening, hanging out the washing, etc.
    • Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.
    • Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise what is in your house.
    • Register your property on so that if it is stolen and recovered by the Police it can then be returned to you. 
    • Download free tracking software onto mobile phones and laptops.

For more information about home security call 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer or follow us on Twitter using #WYPburglary.