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Release: Home safety leaflet for new homeowners

A leaflet on helpful home safety tips will be given to new homeowners thanks to a collaboration between Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and Dorset-based Estate Agents, Symonds & Sampson.

The information leaflet gives proactive advice on how to help keep the home secure, with key police-approved information reminding residents how to prevent becoming a victim of crime.

The leaflet provides helpful tips on how to secure the home, as well as more detailed advice on safety within the property, outside the home, and for garages and outbuildings.

In the year from October 2022 to September 2023, ONS crime statistics show Dorset saw a 5% drop in the rates of residential burglary, surpassing the national average.

However, to ensure Dorset continues to be a safe place to live, it is important we all play our part, and this new leaflet is designed to remind people of the simple steps they can take to protect their own homes.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, David Sidwick, said: “I want to reassure the people of Dorset that this is a safe place to live and work. I know that keeping our homes safe and secure is a top priority for so many residents and sometimes we all just need a small reminder of the best ways to go about doing this.

“I am grateful to Symonds & Sampson for including our leaflet in their packages for new homeowners and if any other estate agents or letting agents in Dorset are interested in doing the same, I encourage them to get in touch.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home and that is why we have put this leaflet together. I want Dorset to be the safest county and with these simple steps, we can all help to protect ourselves and our properties. Working together is vital if we are to enjoy living in what is one of the most beautiful counties in the country.”

Peter Grout-Smith, Residential Manager at Symonds & Sampson’s Poundbury Office said: “We are delighted to share the useful information within this leaflet with those moving to or within the area and will distribute it to those buying property and those moving into rented accommodation. When we move house, we take stock of the number of keys to every door, so the leaflet is a timely reminder to consider further steps that can be taken to keep their homes secure.

“We know that Dorset is a safe place to live, crime rates are low, and the Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to ensuring they continue to fall.”

If any other estate agents in Dorset are interested in using this leaflet, please get in touch with the office via email –

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