Fireworks – Stay safe while you celebrate



  • Out of courtesy give your neighbours a few days notice of your planned display – this is particularly important if they are elderly, have children or pets.
  • Use appropriate fireworks – for your situation – when buying fireworks, try to avoid really noisy ones. Your firework supplier should be able to tell you what they are selling.
  • Make sure pets and other animals are safely away from fireworks.
  • Consider the timing of your display. If you are using fireworks for a celebration, a Friday or Saturday is likely to be preferable; you should aim to ensure that they are finished by 11pm. It is an offence to let fireworks off (11pm-7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year and Chinese New Year (1am).
  • For your safety, let off your fireworks in an open garden area – noise bounces off buildings and smoke and pollution can build up in enclosed spaces.
  • If a neighbour complains that you are disturbing them, their pets or livestock, be considerate.
  • After your display has finished, clear up all firework debris and dispose of it safely.

Find other relevant information in these previous posts based on advice from the Metropolitan Police

Fireworks – Be safe, have fun

And Fireworks – Know the law and stay safe
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Seasonal burglary prevention advice as part of the Met’s Operation Bumblebee


Advice from Croydon Police on the Met’s Operation Bumblebee – the seasonal crackdown on burglary

Burglars will have “nowhere to hide” as the Met launch its seasonal crackdown on burglary and those who handle stolen goods.

Operation Bumblebee sees officers intensifying their efforts to work with forces from across the country to target burglars who try to evade capture by travelling across county lines.

Meanwhile we are calling on Londoners to act now and follow basic crime prevention advice to protect their homes at a time when we traditionally see a rise in residential burglary offences.

Keep your homes safe
As the clocks go back, and nights draw in, homes remain in darkness for longer, making them easier targets. The public are advised to:

•       Ensure doors and windows are properly locked with a key when leaving home;
•       Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach;
•       Lock side gates and store bins behind them;
•       Avoid leaving packaging outside, which may indicate you have expensive new items in your home, especially around Christmas time.

As part of Operation Bumblebee, officers will employ a range of proactive measures including traditional tactics, working with forces from across the country, and the use of science and technology.

Specialist manhunt teams will be deployed to track down the most evasive wanted burglary suspects, whilst high-visibility patrols will take place in burglary hot spots, driven by the use of predictive crime mapping.


Top ten tips for securing your home:

1. Don’t leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes or windows.

2. Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multi-locking door handles, lift the handle, lock it with the key and remove it. Remember – LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE. Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.

3. Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.

4. Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.

5. Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home.

6. Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface.

7. Install a visible intruder alarm system – burglars don’t want to be seen or heard.

8. Install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars.

9. Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places.

10. Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name.

More information
Register items with serial numbers at:

For more help and advice visit:



Halloween – stay safe and consider others (Met Police leaflets)

The message from the Met Police is to stay safe and respect others at Halloween.




Download a copy here:  halloween-a5-flyer


And a notice to display if you’d prefer that trick or treaters do not call on you.



Download a copy here: halloween-a5-flyer-no-trick-or-treat

Simple steps to keep car crime down in Croydon

Reducing theft of and from motor vehicles is a borough-wide priority for Croydon.
Residents can take simple measures to help.
  • Don’t leave any items or valuables in vehicles. There have been reports of vehicles being broken into for small change left on display.
  • Ensure that vehicles are locked!
  • Don’t leave keys in vehicles, or leave vehicles idling unattended, to defrost the windscreen or when stopping briefly for collection/pickups.

If you see anyone suspiciously, call police on 101.

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For further info and advice, see

Burglary prevention – MPS advice recommend these tips to lessen your risk of a break in:

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)

Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
Install a visual burglar alarm
Install good outside lighting

Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property

Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied

Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition

Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage

Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property

Ensure rear fencing is in good repair

Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges

Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with

Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
Store any high-value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault

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Keep your property safe – Don’t leave keys close to doors or windows

There have been a number of incidents in Croydon where a pole is used to reach through a letterbox to retrieve keys left in reach inside a property.
One recent incident was in Purley and the criminal managed to retrieve car keys resulting in the car being stolen.
One Coulsdon resident had a lucky escape as they heard the house keys that they had placed in the hallway fall to the floor in the early hours of the morning. The resident saw the pole through the letterbox and screamed and the suspect ran off with the pole. 
Please make sure you do not leave any house or car keys near to the front or back door. 
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