Crime prevention


While the risk of being burgled within Wycombe district is not high, the majority of burglars are not sophisticated experts but opportunists, and often, the simplest measures can be most effective in making life difficult for potential burglars.

Leaving a light on when you're not at home, and making sure you lock all windows and doors may seem like obvious things to do - but they are essential in helping to prevent your home from being burgled.

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Read through our guide to avoid becoming a victim of burglary [PDF | 2.0MB], for further top tips on keeping your home safe.

Distraction burglary and bogus callers

Distraction burglary by bogus callers is a cruel crime primarily targeted at elderly or vulnerable people and at those who are living on their own. Their aim is to enter a house to steal and they often trick people into believing they have a real purpose for being there, for example claiming to be from a utility company but not in uniform or with any formal identification.

If you are ever in doubt as to the authenticity of a visitor, do not let them into your home.

For more information read the 'Fighting Doorstep Crime' leaflet [PDF | 235KB].

Vehicle crime

Vehicle crime can be a big worry for motorist. Protect your car or van by following our simple advice in the leaflet below - most vehicle crime can be prevented, so don't give criminals an easy ride.

For more information read the Vehicle Crime leaflet [PDF | 288KB].

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about reducing crime, it is about building community spirit and good relations. It brings local people closer together with common goals - to tackle crime and disorder and to keep an eye on each other's property. If you are interested in joining or forming a local scheme, please get in touch.

Rural crime and Country Watch

If you live or work in a rural part of the Thames Valley, Country Watch can help you to receive specific crime prevention advice relating to your home, business and land. Get in touch for more information on joining this free scheme and the benefits on offer.

If you would like any copies of the information found here sent to you, please phone 01494 421 117 or email


Since Wycombe District was designated a Prevent Priority Area in 2013, we have been developing a Prevent delivery plan with key stakeholders. Work in this area is not new to Wycombe District Council, as we have been tackling terrorism and preventing violent extremism since the launch of the Prevent agenda in 2007, and we are in a strong position to move forward with the government’s refocused Prevent strategy.

The fundamental intention of the Prevent delivery plan is to safeguard individuals against being drawn into terrorism and violent extremism. We acknowledge that there are many factors that contribute to such vulnerability, but it is the ideological narratives that prey on these vulnerabilities that give rise to terrorism and violent extremism.

Key to the success of the Prevent strategy is delivering joined up working with partners through the Wycombe Community Safety Strategy Group and the development of the district’s Prevent delivery plan, which demonstrates our commitment to making Wycombe district a safe and secure place to live.