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Newcastle is a great city to live in but you may want to think about protecting yourself, your family and your home. Read more here about how to protect yourself from crime and what to do if the worst happens.

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Abuse should be reported to the safeguarding teams.. Abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial, discriminatory, psychological, organisational, domestic, neglect, self neglect or modern slavery.

Anti-social behaviour can range from dropping litter to serious harassment. It can have a major negative effect on your health and your quality of life.

Autism is a life-long condition. It affects a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. People with  autism or a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.

People who call at your home unexpectedly or call you on the telephone might not always be who they say they are.

Poster with information on safeguarding for Newcastle during the coronavirus period.

 

There are approximately nine million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than half of people over the age of 60 years old have a hearing loss, which is usually related to the ageing process.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It’s described as any incident or pattern of incidents that are: controlling, coercive, threatening, violent.

Concerned about drug use in your local area? Worried about your own or someone you love’s use of drugs or alcohol? Support and advice is available.

Things to look out for to keep your home and belongings safe

Many house fires can be prevented by following these simple steps.

Sensible precautions you can take to make yourself less likely to be the victim of crimes such as fraud or scams.  How to report fraud.

Gardening is good for you. It is therapy and fitness rolled into one.

A hate crime or incident are acts of violence, aggression, prejudice or hostility directed at someone because of their, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Attacks from terrorists are on the rise. Important information about how to keep safe and report suspicious activity.

A learning disability is a life-long condition. It affects a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.

Loan sharks are unlicensed money lenders who often charge very high interest rates and sometimes use threats and violence to frighten people who can’t pay back their loan

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. 1 in 4 people in the UK have a mental health problem which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.

Neighbourhood Watches are ran by volunteers to help make sure the area remains safe and to prevent crime. There may be a Neighbourhood Watch in your local area.

If you have a problem with noise in your neighbourhood there are several courses of action you can take, depending upon the seriousness of the problem.

There are some precautions that you can take to help reduce your chances of being a victim of crime, assault or violence.

There are several types of problems that you may experience in your neighbourhood. You may have noisy neighbours, or you may be experiencing verbal abuse or threats from someone in your area.

Unfortunately, there is a wide range of fraud and crime that can be undertaken online and on your doorstep during this period of social distancing and self isolation.  Read our list of scams, fraud and cyber crime. Be wary and be alert.

Home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. Some basic tips are listed in this section. Many of them are common sense, but they could make all the difference to the safety of your home.

A lot of crime is against cars, motorbikes and bicycles; either the theft of them, or from them. Most of this crime can be prevented by following some simple tips, which are detailed in this section.

Find out more about your body, protection, screening, check ups, relationships and services available.

Many of us just want to stay connected and see a friendly face or hear a voice. So we can all play our part in helping to manage how we use our connections

There are a range of support groups in Newcastle that help, advise and support people through difficulties including offering emotional support to those people dealing with illness, social isolation, end of life or a long term condition.

 

This article explains the services that are available for people with a learning disability or autism.

Vandalism and graffiti can contribute greatly to the fear of crime. Find out how to report it here.

There are many ways that you can deal with crime or community safety issues. This section explains some of these, giving contact details of those who can help.