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How to keep you and your property safe, protecting your car or van, safety on the internet, protecting your business, getting involved with your neighbourhood watch group. Explains what farm and pub watch is, how we help victims, your area, about prisons and the types of prisons, rehabilitating prisoners and support for people at risk of radicalisation.
How can I apply to get home security equipment fitted under the Safe and Sound Grant scheme?
The council provide grants to some people from the Safe and Sound Grant Fund to help them stay safe in their own home
In order to receive a grant, applicants must be:
aged over 60 or disabled
a homeowner or private sector tenant/Housing Association tenant.
In addition, applicants must not have combined household capital/savings* of more than £23,250 and an application to the fund must not have been made by the applicant in the last two years.
*Capital/savings excludes the property you live in, fixtures and fittings within the property, and vehicles you own.
If you wish to apply to the fund please complete the application form below:
If you live in a rented property you must also get your landlord to complete the attached landlord consent form:
Completed forms need to be returned to us at email@example.com or to
Safe Communities Team
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Riding of Yorkshire
or make an appointment to hand it in to a Customer Service Centre.
How do I keep my property safe?
The best way to cut the risk of becoming a victim of crime is to take sensible precautions.
The leaflet below provides general advice on the following:
Need the leaflet in another language? Please see the translated versions of the document below:
You can find further basic tips on keeping yourself and your property safe below.
The following word document summarises crime prevention advice to help secure your home.
Further crime prevention advice can be found on the Crime Prevention website below:
Student houses and halls of residence can be particular targets for crime. Thieves know that there are likely to be a number of valuable items inside. If you keep your:
games console like PlayStation and Xbox
or other valuable items in your room, make sure to follow these guidelines to keep them safe:
If any of your property is stolen, the police have a better chance of finding it and returning it to you if it is security marked. The leaflet on the link below tells you how you can do this.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is committed to reducing the number of fires, fire deaths, and injuries. Their website provides useful information on keeping safe from fire at home and during recreation time.
How do I keep myself safe?
The risk of becoming a victim of crime is very low, but the best way to cut the risk is by taking sensible precautions. Find out:
If you often walk home in the dark, make sure you:
get a personal attack alarm from a DIY shop and carry it in your hand so you can use it immediately to scare off an attacker. Make sure it is designed to continue sounding if it's dropped or falls to the ground
carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards
What if someone tries to grab my bag? Let it go. If you hang on, you could get hurt. Your safety is more important than your property.
If you think someone is following you, cross the street (more than once if necessary). If they also cross at the same points, they might be following you.
Do you still think they're following you? Get to the nearest place where there are other people like:
Then call the Police.
Avoid using an enclosed phone box in the street, as the follower could trap you inside.
If you regularly go jogging or cycling, make sure you:
stick to well-lit roads with pavements
keep to main paths and open spaces where you can see and be seen by other people
avoid wooded areas.
Listening to music? Remember you can't hear traffic or somebody approaching behind you.
There are many reputable mini-cab or private hire car companies, but these must be booked either at their office or by phone. Make sure you:
If you are going to be out late book a taxi before you leave home or try to arrange a lift home.
When booking a taxi ask for a description of the car, including make and model. Check the taxi matches the description when it arrives. If you gave your name when you booked, check that the driver can tell you it before you get in.
Don't feel safe? Don't get in. Call and book with another company instead.
Always sit behind the driver and check his driver identification.
Don't feel safe? If you feel uneasy for any reason, ask to be let out in a well-lit area where there are plenty of people.
Ask the driver to wait until you are inside before driving off.
Preparing yourself for all possibilities could provide a split second advantage.
Shout and scream for help and set off your personal attack alarm if you have one. This may unnerve the attacker and frighten him off.
If it does not, throw the attack alarm away from you. The attacker will want the alarm to stop and go to pick it up, this is your chance to escape.
You have every right to defend yourself with reasonable force and with items which you have with you like an umbrella, hairspray or keys
it is against the law to carry anything which can be described as an offensive weapon.
Assaults and rapes are serious crimes, whether committed by a stranger or someone you know. Call the police straight away. They need your help to catch the attacker. You can help the police by:
Men can help by taking the issue of women's safety seriously in their everyday lives. Bear these points in mind:
How do I keep my car, van or cycle safe?
The risk of damage to your vehicle can be reduced if you follow a few, simple steps at:
Cycles are used by lots of people for exercise, going to the shops or work or going out with their friends. It is important that cycles are kept safe as they can be an easy target for thieves. Information on the link below provides useful advice on how you can keep your cycle safe.
How do I keep myself and my family safe on the Internet?
You can find advice on keeping yourself and your family safe on the following websites.
The Government and leading businesses have launched a website called get safe online which offers advice around shopping online.
There is also a website specifically designed for young people called ‘think u know’ which offers safety advice when using chat rooms, social media and the Internet.
How do I protect my business?
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service's vision is to improve people’s lives by working with our partners to make our communities safer places to live. The information provided below is aimed at improving your safety at work.
The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website offers useful advice on keeping your workplace safe from fire and provides information to assist you in meeting the requirements of the regulations.
The Humberside Fire and Rescue a website also provides links to government websites that provide further information on the regulations. You can also download the fire risk assessment guidance document from the website and use it to assess your workplace’s level of fire safety:
False alarms are a nuisance to both businesses and the Fire Service. They cost businesses time and money and divert the Fire Service from dealing with genuine emergency calls and carrying out effective Community Fire Safety work. They also put members of the public and firefighters at unnecessary risk. The Humberside Fire and Rescue website offers further information on how to reduce the number of false alarms from your premises:
You can contact the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service by visiting their online contact page. You can also use this to request further information regarding fire safety or any other issue regarding the Fire Service:
How do I reduce the risk of getting my heating oil stolen?
Some houses in rural parts of the East Riding use oil-fueled central heating systems. On occasions, thieves will target these remote locations and try and drain fuel from tanks kept outside. Whilst the number of thefts is very low, we do not want you to be a victim.
The leaflet available via the link below gives you a few tips on how you can keep your oil tank safe:
I am having problems with my ten-foot/alley, what can I do?
If the alley is privately owned you should read the Guide to Gating Private Alleyways Guide below, which sets out what you need to do and provides helpful contact details:
If the alley forms part of the highway or is publicly owned, you should contact the anti-social behaviour team:
Tel: (01482) 396380
An officer will then explain what action we can take. Before gating a public highway, all other options for tackling crime or anti-social behaviour in the area will be considered.
How can I get involved in a Neighbourhood Watch group?
Information on what 'Neighbourhood Watch' groups are, where current groups are in the East Riding and how to set up a new group, is available on the Neighbourhood Watch groups page.
What is farm watch?
Lamping is a method of hunting animals at night using high-powered lights, spotlights, lamps or flashlights, that makes special use of the eyeshine revealed by many animal species. If you decide to go 'lamping' you must log that you are going on 101. Remember to phone back when you have finished.
Contact your local neighbourhood policing team who will put you in touch with your nearest farm watch group.
What is Pubwatch?
The Pubwatch Scheme is a voluntary group made up of licensees and other organisation representatives within the East Riding. The main aim of local Pubwatch Schemes is to promote best practice through supporting other members of the group and to create a safer drinking environment for customers by keeping trouble causers and illegal drugs out of licensed premises.
The local Pubwatch Scheme groups meet regularly to discuss incidents that have occurred in and around their premises. The licensees then decide what action to take against any identified offenders. The usual penalty is a ban from all participating licensed premises.
The length of ban will depend on the circumstances and severity of the incident. For minor incidents of bad behaviour, the licensees can decide to send a warning letter to the offender warning them that any repetition of that behaviour will result in them being banned, or hand down a suspended ban were the ban will take immediate effect if any further bad behaviour occurs.
These meetings often have representatives from Humberside Police, the Licensing Authority or other public sector bodies to offer advice and guidance to licensees on offering a safe and welcoming night time economy.
How do we help victims of crime?
You may be feeling shocked, sad, distressed, or angry, following a crime. These feelings are common. Victim support volunteers are specially trained to help you through this experience and to provide you with practical help and information.
The police automatically tell victim support about all cases of:
If you don't want this to happen, tell the police officer dealing with your case. If you have suffered other violent crimes (including sexual crimes or domestic violence), you will be asked if you wish to be referred to victim support. You can contact them yourself at a later date if you prefer.
As resources are limited, victims whose cars are stolen or vandalised will not normally be referred to victim support. If you need help, tell the police officer in your case or contact victim support direct, which helps residents of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North and North East Lincolnshire cope with the effects of crime. We do this by providing confidential support and information to victims of crime and to witnesses attending local courts.
The victim support website provides further information on available support for victim sufferers and their office locations.
Alternatively, you can contact the victim care team on 0300 303 1971, available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm. Their services are free, independent of the police and courts, and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.
Where can I find the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements annual report?
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) was established over 10 years ago, ensuring a successful partnership approach bound by statute to manage the risks presented by violent, sexual and potentially dangerous offenders to the public.
This approach is led by Probation, Police, Local Authority, Health, Accommodation Providers, Youth Justice Service, Lay Advisers, Fire and Rescue Services, Children's Services, and many other key stakeholders and provides work together on a daily basis to meet the adverse challenges and threats to protecting the public, individuals, children and communities in Humberside.
Is there support for people at risk of radicalisation?
Yes there is.
Please visit the Prevent – Support for people at risk of radicalisation page for more information and support.