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The Police and the ACL team up for "safe" holidays

Published on 03/07/2018

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The holiday season is approaching and many will be on the road in the coming weeks for their summer destinations.
To avoid unpleasant surprises during holidays, the Police and the ACL offer you a series of tips. The aim is to prepare the vehicle and driver for the journey and to prevent burglaries.

You and your car get ready for the road!
For a peaceful holiday, prepare your departure on time and try to make the journey as pleasant as possible; the ACL is there to help, advise and assist you:
  1. check that you have all the documents you need (identity papers, driving licence, tickets...) and to make your life easier in case of robbery or loss, keep a separate photocopy or scan them..;
  2. plan your route, consult traffic schedules or traffic information, e.g. on the ACL website  (www.acl.lu), plan what to do for your children, find out about the particularities of the traffic rules of the countries you will cross ; 
  3. check the technical condition of your vehicle for possible breakdown risks;
  4. drive rested and once on the road, take breaks every two hours to get out of the car, get some air, stretch your legs..;
  5. don't forget to drink, especially in hot weather, choose light meals and listen to traffic information ;
  6. in the case of a breakdown or accident, if possible free the road by moving the cars, signal the location of the cars with the hazard warning lights and the safety triangle, put on the safety vests, get off the car on the shoulder side and get yourself and your people out of danger.
To help you to prepare your trips, the ACL in Bertrange will be exceptionally open on Saturdays on 7 th, 14 th and 21 th July 2018 from 9:00 to 12:30. 

Fighting robberies: the police's priority!
Fighting burglaries is a priority for the Police. A local, regional or national criminal investigation is carried out on an ongoing basis. The Police's preventive effort is consistent: patrols, intensive contact with citizens and local authorities... It is also important that citizens do not let themselves be swept away by a reckless attitude. You should know that a burglary lasts no more than 5 to 10 minutes on average!

Prevention service "Go on holiday".
In case of a long absence from home, the Police offers a burglary prevention service. The Police will be making occasional prevention checks as part of their general surveillance, day or night, at your home.

To register, simply submit a request to the Police: either by registering at the e-commissariat ("Departure on holiday")  (https://police.public.lu/fr/commissariat-virtuel.html), or by filling out the  paper form  that can be submitted at each police station. This form is also distributed by the ACL. 

Don't make life easier for burglars!
"Anyway, I don't have any money or jewelry at home! "The burglar doesn't know if you have cash at home or not. And your insurance cannot protect you from the psychological shock caused by such an intrusion into your private life. So don't simplify the lives of burglars!

The Police has developed a number of documents on the prevention of burglaries:
The flyer "Safety by a few simple gestures"  contains elementary advice (technical and behavioural aspects) for simple but effective prevention: 
  • Visibility = security: Make sure that the plants around your house are arranged in a way that they do not provide visual shelter for the burglar. 
  • Climbing equipment that hangs around the house makes the burglar's job easier. 
  • Make sure you have a switch inside the house for outdoor electrical plugs. 
  • Close all your windows and doors (including the garage door) if you are away. Tiltable windows  offer easy access. 
  • If you are away, lock your doors. 
  • Never hide your key outside. 
  • Never leave the key in the interior lock of an exterior glass door. 
  • Don't leave large amounts of cash or jewellery in plain view in your home. 
  • Do not open the door immediately to someone you do not know. 
  • Your neighbor is your best friend! Solidarity between neighbours is a social and informal form of control. It is also an effective way of preventing burglary that relies on mutual aid and does not cause any costs. 
The flyer "Mechanical and electrical actions"   offers advice on mechanical protection (for doors and windows, but also for cellar windows, fences and roller shutters) and electrical protection (lighting, alarm system) for your home. 

Consult the Police website for advice on preventing burglaries: https://police.public.lu/fr/prevention/cambriolages.html.

A simple but effective checklist!
  •  Post – keeping your parcels  
  •  Inform your neighbours  
  •  Water the flowers  
  •  Close the doors and windows  
  •  Check the house before you leave  
  •  Activate the alarm  
  •  Post on Facebook about being away  
Also watch out for car robbery and burglary!
Whether you are travelling in Luxembourg or abroad, you will not be safe from having your car stolen or being burgled in your vehicle.

Cars equipped with a keyless system can be opened and removed in seconds. Here some precautions that can help:
  •  Keep your vehicle in a closed garage. 
  •  Turn on your alarm system. 
  •  Do not leave the car key near the entrance to your home. 
  •  Place your key in a special key-locked safe, avoiding the emission of radio waves. In order to reduce the reach of the signal, you can also wrap your key in several layers of aluminium foil or an aluminium box, knowing that this does not guarantee a 100% protection. 
To reduce the risk of burglary in your car, take the following precautions:
  •  Always remove the key and lock it. 
  •  Always close the doors, windows, sunroof and fuel cap. 
  •  Never leave any valuable objects (cameras, mobile phones, bags, cash, credit cards...) inside the vehicle. 
  •  Don't leave anything in the trunk. The trunk is not a safe!
  •  Never leave your identity papers, vehicle documents or the key to your home inside your vehicle. 
  •  Do not park your car in a deserted/isolated or badly lighted area. 
  •  Turn on your vehicle's alarm system

A press release by the Luxembourgish Police and the ACL


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