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Crime prevention advice

Keeping your home secure

As the lighter nights and warmer weather are here, you don’t have to go to great lengths to ward off burglars, following a few simple tips can help prevent burglaries.

  • Don't leave windows open, especially if leaving the property unattended
  • Use light timers when out for the evening or leaving the house for an extended period of time
  • Always lock doors even when inside your home, or out of the house for a short time
  • Set an alarm when leaving the house
  • Keep your valuables out of view
  • Register your valuables on immobilise.com so property can be returned to its rightful owner if stolen
  • Never leave a spare key outside your house, burglars know all the usual hiding spots
  • Keep bins away from windows when they’re not being used as they can be used as a climbing aid for burglars
  • Set up or join a Home Watch scheme in your neighbourhood

Safety tips for young people

We want young people to have a safe and pleasant visit to Manchester City Centre, please have a look at the tips and information below to help you stay safe and enjoy your visit.

Young people can look older than they are; especially when out of school uniform. If you get an igo pass it can be used as proof of age on the bus.

If you lose your ticket or money and need to get home, you can board the bus using your igo pass. Give the driver your name and address details.

If you get lost or need any help, staff at any train station will help you. Your igo pass can’t be used on the train but it can still be used as proof of age.

If you have a mobile phone:

  • Lock it and keep it safe
  • Don’t keep it in your back pocket
  • Make sure you have enough charge
  • Don’t walk around with your phone on display.
  • Make sure you have emergency contact details and the numbers of your friends if you have come into town with them
  • Make sure you have credit
  • Always make arrangements with your friends about what to do if you get separated from each other. Manchester Arndale’s Customer Service Desk is situated in Winter Gardens and is a safe place to go. The staff will help you.
  • If your friends decide to do something silly such as shoplifting, the best thing to do is to tell them to stop, move away from them.

A printable version of this advice is available here


Psychoactive Substances

Due to concerns about the high number of people using 'Spice' (a psychoactive substance) in Manchester city centre, the agencies have produced this leaflet with more information about what Spice is and help and support available for users.


We can all take simple steps to keep ourselves and our property safe.

Clink on the links below to find helpful hints and tip on how to prevent crime.

For further information or details on how you can get involved in community safety in your area, visit the Get Involved page


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