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Protecting your property

​​​The majority of crimes can be avoided if you take a few extra precautions to protect your property.

Join a Home Watch scheme

Home Watch schemes help to reduce local crimes such as burglary, vandalism, car thefts and thefts from cars by encouraging neighbours and communities to look out for one another. There is no restriction to the number of houses involved in the scheme, so get together with your neighbours and make your community safer.

Joining a Home Watch scheme:

  • Helps you make closer links between neighbours, the community and the police.
  • Improves your awareness of crime and makes you less likely to become a victim.
Ring 0161 856 8480 to join a Home Watch scheme

Mark your property

UV pens: We advise you to register and property mark all your valuables with a UV pen to include your postcode and house number or first two letters of your house name, so that they can be returned if lost or stolen.

Register your valuables on, a national database that police can access and compare against items that have been found or recovered from suspected criminals. The online service is totally free and is quick and easy to use.

SmartWater: This is a unique spray being used to mark people’s property with an invisible solution that contains a unique identification number.

It allows police officers to identify stolen items and return them to their rightful owners. Anyone arrested will be scanned under ultraviolet light to check for traces of the solution. 
SmartWater zones are marked with street signs to warn off burglars and include: Kirkholt, Belfield and Waithlands where homes have had their property marked with the solution.

For more information about the SmartWater campaign call the Community Safety Team.

Protect your local area - police meetings

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) sometimes hold community meetings in the borough. At the meetings you can speak with your local police officers, raise concerns about crime in your area and get updates on any particular incidents which may have happened nearby.

Like your local GMP's Facebook page to keep up to date with ways to protect your property and find out when a meeting is happening. 

Protect your vehicle

  • Think about where you park. Thieves prefer dimly-lit places with few passers-by.  Choose a brightly-lit street or properly managed car park.
  • If you have a garage, use it.
  • Always close windows and lock the doors.
  • Remove any valuables from your vehicle, always remove satellite navigations, their cradles and rub off sucker marks on the windscreen.
  • If your vehicle is fitted with a removable radio or front panel, always remove and take it with you.
  • Use a steering lock.
  • Etch windows with your registration number.
  • If possible, have an engine immobiliser and car alarm fitted with a visible warning light.
  • Remember, on frosty mornings, don't leave your car unattended with the engine running whilst it defrosts.

Protect your home

  • Keep windows locked but if you need to open them, ensure you lock them when you leave the room.
  • Keep all external doors locked, even when you are in. 
  • Use light timer switches or simply leave a light on when you are out to give the impression someone is at home.
  • Always set your burglar alarm when you go to bed.
  • Never leave car or house keys near window sills, in porches or hallways.
  • Put keys and valuables away and out of sight, preferably in a locked drawer or cabinet.

Protect your garden

  • Cut your hedges back and have low fences to make burglars feel exposed.
  • Plant prickly shrubs and bushes next to your walls or fences to deter most criminals from climbing over.
  • Invest in brighter outside lighting.
  • Add gravel paths to create noise when someone approaches your property.
  • Ensure out-houses and sheds are secure and locked at all times.
  • Make sure that there are no ‘hiding places’ in your garden for any would-be burglar.
  • Make sure your contents insurance covers the shed and garage and all the equipment you store there.

Related links


Alleygating Team

01706 924687

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Community Safety Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Report antisocial behaviour​​

Report antisocial behaviour or make any other community safety related complaint such as off road biking and ball games