Safety & security advice centre

Everyone can play a part in helping to reduce crime in the area where they live.

These pages contain basic information to help you contribute to the fight against crime by protecting yourself and your property.

Check back regularly as we add more advice and guidance - and if there is a specific topic you would like to see covered, please leave feedback and let us know.

Pages in this section

  • 10 principles of crime prevention

    When considering crime reduction strategies, crime reduction officers use the "ten principles of crime prevention" in order to achieve a good standard of security advice.

  • #SixSecondSecurity

    Security and crime prevention doesn't need to complicated! In fact, you can be safer in just six seconds.

  • Bogus callers and distraction burglary

    Most callers at your door will be genuine. However, some are bogus, whose aim is to get inside your home to steal from you.

  • Business security

    Implementing sound crime prevention and reduction measures makes good business sense - and we can help you.

  • Church security

    The welcoming nature of churches makes them vulnerable to thieves who can take advantage of them being open and unattended.

  • Domestic abuse - Help and advice for victims

    Statistics show that one in four women and one in six men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.

  • Drugs and alcohol

    The use of alcohol and drugs brings many risks: personal, health, safety, relationships and the risk of addiction. But one of the most significant risks is the connection between alcohol, drugs and crime.

  • Frauds and scams

    Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams.

  • Home security

    You are ten times more likely to be burgled if your home doesn't have basic security. If you want to be certain your home is as safe as you can make it, follow our advice.

  • Human trafficking

    Trafficking involves transporting people away from the communities in which they live, and forcing them to work against their will using violence, deception or coercion.

  • Missing people

    The majority of persons reported missing return soon after their disappearance without suffering any harm. Sadly a small percentage will never return or may become a victim of a crime.

  • Neighbourhood Watch

    NHW is based on the simple philosophy of "getting together with your neighbours to reduce local crime and disorder to make your neighbourhood a safer and better place to live, work and play".

  • Online safety

    The internet is a great place to do business and have fun. But just like you would in the "real" world, you need to take steps to ensure your safety in the "virtual" world too.

  • Personal safety

    North Yorkshire is one of the safest counties in England. But when it comes to personal safety, we are never complacent - and nor should you be.

  • Property security

    Your property - whether it's a bike, jewellery or a smartphone - is extremely valuable, not only in terms of cost, but also the emotional impact if it were to be lost or stolen.

  • Special occasions

    Safety, security and crime prevention should be a priority all year round. Special occasions are a great opportunity to have fun, but don't let your guard down.

  • Student safety

    Whether its your first time away from home or you are an experienced student, we have some top tips to keep YOUR self, YOUR home and YOUR stuff safe.

  • Terrorism advice

    There is a serious and sustained threat from international terrorism to the UK and UK interests overseas. If you suspect it, report it.

  • Vehicle safety and security

    Whether it's satnavs, fuel, catalytic converters, caravans or even number plates, vehicles can be an attractive target for criminals.