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Be Safe, Be Secure

Be Safe Be Secure - Your practical guide to crime reduction



Download the 'Be Safe, Be Secure' booklet produced by the Home Office.

A practical guide to crime reduction and protecting yourself and your family, safeguarding your property and building safer communities.

Download booklet (1MB PDF) >




Link to the Action Fraud website - Link opens new windowAction Fraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre and place to find out about fraud. If you feel you are the victim of an online shopping scam, you should report it to Action Fraud using the contact details below:

W : http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

T :  0300 123 2040

For support and prevention information, visit the Action Fraud website here >

To understand what fraud is and the different types to be aware of, click here >

The Action Fraud website contains information specifically for businesses, under the ‘corporate fraud’ section. To view this information, please visit: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/node/295 >


Hang Up on FraudstersTelephone Fraud

Telephone fraud has been blighting Dorset and also the rest of the UK, with criminals profiting from over £1 million of local residents' money since
March 2014.

Dorset Police is tackling the problem under the banner of Op Luna - which is the Force's response to catching fraudsters who con people, particularly the elderly, out of thousands of pounds by pretending to be a police officer.

Visit the Op Luna webpage to:

* learn how to avoid becoming a victim of phone fraud
* listen to a real life recording of a criminal speaking to his victim
* read about witness appeals, arrests and developments of cases
* download your own crime prevention leaflets and view literature which is available from your local Neighbourhood Policing Team


NEVER give out your bank details to anyone, no matter where they say they are calling from and if you doubt the validity of your caller, #HangUpOnFraudsters.









Property Fraud

Property fraud can happen in many ways. Fraudsters may attempt to acquire ownership of a property either by using a forged document to transfer it into their own name, or by impersonating the registered owner. Once they have raised money by mortgaging the property without the owner’s knowledge, they disappear without making repayments leaving the owner to deal with the consequences. Find out more information about Property Fraud by following this link >

The Little Book of Big Scams (4.9MB PDF from the Metropolitan Police website) - Link opens new window

Useful Downloads

Preventing scams - some advice on beating the scammers (108kb PDF) >

Download The Little Book of Big Scams (3.8MB PDF) >

Protective Marking

Mark your property to increase the possibility of it being identified should it be stolen >


National DatabaseImmobilise.com logo - UK National Property Register

Immobilise is a national database which is the home of the UK National Property Register and Recovery Service. It is trusted by over 17 million UK subscribers who have registered over 22 million items of property. It is also endorsed by all 43 UK Police forces.

Visit immobilise.com to find out more information and register your property. 


Mobile Phones

  • Keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use
  • Use your phone's security lock code, if it has one
  • Some phones have an IMEI number which is a unique identifier for the phone; you can obtain this number by typing *#06# (star hash 06 hash) into your mobile phone and it will display a 15 digit number
  • Record details of your electronic serial number (ESN) and consider separate insurance
  • Property mark your phone with your postcode and door number to help police identify stolen ones
  • Report a lost or stolen phone to the police immediately
  • Inform your service provider if your phone is stolen or lost Festival and  event


Download our "Keep your mobile phone safe" advice sheet (256kb PDF) >

Out of your hands ?

Out of your hands? logoOut of Your Hands? is brought to you by Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum (MICAF), the Home Office and the National Mobile Phone Unit, to educate young people aged 7 to 16 on the responsible way to own, operate and safeguard your mobile phone.

Visit the website at: http://www.outofyourhands.com/


ArrowSteer clear of cycle theft - security tips for cyclists (596kb PDF) >Vehicle Crime


Vehicle Crime - #RemoveItLockIt

Most vehicle crime is carried out by opportunist thieves, who are experts at breaking into cars, vans and other vehicles quickly and efficiently and removing your property in just a few moments.

It can take between 10 – 20 seconds to break into a car, yet the damage can take much longer to rectify. The expense and inconvenience of a theft from a motor vehicle could be avoided if simple steps were taken to deter thieves.

Dorset Police has spoken to a convicted car thief who has passed on his tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime, whether you own a car, motor home or work vehicle.

Find out more about our crime prevention material here >   

Download your own crime prevention material here >



ArrowKeep your boat secure (132kb PDF) >



ArrowSteer clear of caravan crime - a guide to keeping your caravan secure (300kb PDF) >

ArrowCaravan Security (16kb PDF) >


Festival & Event Crime Prevention Advice

Festival and  event organisers work with Dorset Police to prevent crime. Help us and yourselves by following this simple advice >



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