Advice - First Principle

First Principle
  • Police officers always carry identification and can always be asked for verification.
  • They are used to providing that reassurance.
  • It would be rare for an officer in plain clothes to be working alone. If they are, you can request they call for another officer to join them.
  • Officers should be carrying their radio and can allow you to seek verification from the force control room using this.
  • Officers should be tolerant of those who wish for reassurance and explain who they are, what they are doing and why.

Preventing crime is the first of nine principles set out by Sir Robert Peel in 1829 when he established the modern day police force. That first principle forms the basis for the crime prevention advice that has been provided below.


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Schools Additional Advice

First Principle


Allotment security

Allotment security

Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour

Beach Hut Security

Beach hut security


Boat security



Boat security (Broads)

Boat Security 2


Boat Security


Building Site

Building site security


Cannabis Plant

Cannabis Factories - how to spot one



Caravan security


Caravan Storage

Caravan storage



Credit Card Laptop

Card security


Cash Machine

Cash machines



Catalytic Converter

Catalytic converter



Church security


Cold Callers

Cold callers


Commercial CCTV

Commercial CCTV


Communal Mail

Communal mail



Money Fraud

Counterfeit banknotes



County lines


Cyber crime


Cyber crime





Cycle theft



Dangerous dogs





Delivery Drivers


Dog Poo


Dog fouling

Dog Theft

Dog theft


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence


Commercial CCTV

Domestic CCTV


Extending or Refurbishing

Extending or refurbishing


Farm Security

Farm security






gangs advice

Gangs - Advice for parents


Gangs young people advice

Gangs - Advice for young people






hate crime

Hate crime


oil tank

Heating oil security


home security

Home security


home security for tenants

Home security for tenants


horse and stables

Horse and stables




Keyless theft


lock snapping

Lock snapping



metal theft

Metal theft


modern day slavery

Modern Day Slavery


mopeds and scooters

Mopeds and scooters


first principle motorbikes

Motorcycle security


first principle motorbikes

Neighbour disputes


occupiers liability

Occupiers liability


social media security

Parents guide to
social media


personal safety

Personal safety


power tools security

Power tool security


home security

Replacement doors
and windows


Residential design

Residential design guide


romance fraud

Romance Fraud


rural crime

Rural Crime


scrap metal

Scrap metal dealers 

security alarms

Security alarms 



security product

Security product brochure 


Shed security

Shed and garage security 


small business

Small business security checklist 


social media security

Social media security 







Spiking Advice for Licensed Premises


suspicious behaviour

Suspicious behaviour 


taxi drivers

Taxi drivers



Theft from shops



Vehicle Security 


smashed glass

Village Halls & Sports Clubs


key safe

Using a key safe