Advice on how to be safe and secure in your home.
Most burglars are opportunists and they will look for unlocked doors or opened windows to get in. Distraction burglary is when someone comes to your front door to keep you busy while an accomplice tries to get into your home.
Age UK (opens in a new window) has information on how to keep your home secure.
The local neighbourhood policing team (opens in a new window) at your local police station also offer advice.
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes (opens in a new window) play a vital part in preventing crime. Statistics show that you are less likely to be burgled if you belong to this scheme.
Age UK's handyperson service (opens in a new window) can check the security in your home. They can fit window locks and door chains.
Rogue traders and doorstep sellers
Rogue traders are dishonest tradespeople who turn up unannounced and try to persuade you to buy a product or service. Doorstep sellers will try to persuade you to buy goods you may not want or need.
If you feel you are being pressured into having work done or buy goods you do not want, ask the trader to leave. It is an offence for the trader to stay at your home once you have asked them to leave. If you feel at all threatened by the trader then telephone 999.
Action Fraud (opens in a new window) have information about how to keep yourself safe from fraud and what to do if you are a victim of fraud.
Finding a trader you can trust
There are three ways you can find a trader you can trust;
Scams are schemes to con you out of your money or possessions. They can come to you by email, telephone calls, post or door-to-door sellers.
Citizens Advice (opens in a new window) has more information on types of scams.
Age UK (opens in a new window) has information on how to avoid scams .
Contact the Mailing Preference Service (opens in a new window) to have your name taken off direct mailing lists in the UK.
Nuisance phone calls
A nuisance phone call is any unwelcome call that you receive in your home or on your mobile.
Ofcom (opens in a new window) (the communications regulator in the UK) has advice on different types of nuisance telephone calls or messages and what you can do about them.
The Telephone Preference Service (opens in a new window) is a free service where you can register your telephone or mobile phone. You can opt out of unwanted sales and marketing calls.
The Money Advice Service (opens in a new window) has information about illegal money lenders known as loan sharks.
You can report (opens in a new window) someone you have been approached by if you think they are a loan shark. Call the police on 999 if you are in immediate danger.
We have advice on borrowing money.
Get Safe Online (opens in a new window) has information and advice about how to stay safe online, avoid online scams and how to protect your computer.
Age UK (opens in a new window) has information for older people about internet safety.
Anti-social behaviour from neighbours or other people can be stressful and frightening. Anti-social behaviour can include:
- loud noise
- verbal abuse, intimidation or harassment
- vandalism, property damage and graffiti
- animal nuisance
- rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour
- dumping rubbish
It is a good idea to keep a record of incidents. Make a note of what happened, when it occurred and who was involved. This may help when making a complaint so you have a clear record of what anti-social behaviour has taken place.
Reporting anti-social behaviour
Alternatively, call the BCP Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01202 128883.
To report loud music or noise, phone the out of hours service on:
- 01202 451145 for Bournemouth and Christchurch
- 0800 506050 for Poole.
Race hate crime
Dorset Race Equality Council (opens in a new window) can help you if you have been a victim of race hate.