Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch/Village Happenings

In Rendham we have an email circulation list for any messages from the police, or other sources and information about events in the village

Would you like to join the list to receive these messages (Village Happening/events are also circulated via this email list)

If so please send your email address to

Would you like a new Neighbourhood Watch sticker for your window
Contact your Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator on 664199 or on the above email address

Home Security

  • Have good window security
  • Secure all doors - remember a chain or bar, ensure all the doors and frames are strong. If you have glass panels replace them with laminated glass. Fit mortise bolts to the top and bottom. Never hang a key inside the letterbox.
  • Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under a door mat.
  • Remember the distraction burglar, check identification carefully and put on the chain
  • Good outside lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief
  • Make it look like you are at home when you are out, don't leave curtains closed during the day. Use time switches to turn on light, radios etc.
  • Cancel milk, newspapers, cut the lawn before going away etc.
  • Consider a Burglar Alarm as many burglars will avoid breaking into a property with an alarm.
  • Mark you belongings with your postcode, and take pictures of valuable objects.
  • Empty boxes left outside your house tell burglars that you have brought something new.
  • Never buy property that you think might be stolen
  • Join the Neighbourhood Watch

Garden and Shed Security

Ensure that the building is in good condition and look to improve its security by:-

  • Fixing mesh or bars on the inside of the windows
  • Fitting good locks to all the doors. Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5 ins wide, hardened steel, have at least 5 pins and be close shackled type (reduces risk of being forced)
  • Fittings should be bolted through the door and reinforced at the back with a steel plate or washer: hasps should have concealed screws.
  • Fittings additional locks to up-and-over garage doors.
  • Considering an alarm - either a battery-operated alarm or upgrade house alarm which includes the shed or garage.
  • Secure all items that could be easily removed - they could be used to break into your house
  • Security Mark property such as Lawnmowers, furniture and tools with your postcode and advertise the fact that they are marked. Keep a note of serial/make/model numbers.
  • Take photographs of any valuable garden ornaments. Ensure that bicycles are security marked and have additional devices to secure then inside the shed or garage.
  • Consider installing security lights
  • Keep shrubs bushes hedges etc cut back as they provide a hiding place
  • Check all boundary fences and gates are all in good repair
  • Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your garden.

Theft from Motor Vehicles

  • Make sure your car is locked
  • Take valuable items with you
  • Make use of your garage to make your vehicle more secure
  • Fitting an alarm or immobiliser to your vehicle

Suffolk Safe Key Scheme

Suffolk SAFEkey is the new keyholder service offered by Suffolk Constabulary. The service is essentially a database containing detailed information, supplied by you about your home and keyholders.
A keyholder is someone you trust such as a friend or family member who lives nearby to you and has access to your property in your absence.
More details on

Site for teenagers

Crimestoppers have developed a website aimed at teenagers, it features games, music and avtars to manage
Go to

Useful Contacts

Crime reduction
Resonsible drinking
Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Childline 0800 1111
Drugs - Suffolk freephone helpline 0808 800 1122
Office of Fair trading