In view of more recent burglaries, I would also like to take this opportunity to urge residents to follow security advice. Most burglars are opportunists whereby they notice that a window or door is insecure and decide to break in. By taking some simple precautions you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of such a crime:
• Do you have working external security lighting?
• Is your garden fence in good condition?
• Is your garden fence high enough to make climbing over difficult?
• Are trees and shrubs outside your home trimmed well back?
• Do you have strong locks on your gates?
Garages and sheds. Often these are full of expensive tools ideal for breaking into the rest of the house – and are often left unlocked.
• Do you have strong locks on your shed or garage?
• If your garage is attached to your house, do you have deadlocks on any connecting door?
• Do you always lock tools and ladders away?
• Do you have an alarm fitted to your shed or garage?
Secure all windows. A proportion of burglaries are committed with the burglars entering properties through insecure windows.
• Are your windows and frames in good condition?
• Do your accessible windows (except those designated as a fire escape route) have locks with keys?
• Do you keep your windows locked whenever you leave the house?
Secure all doors. Remember, if your external doors are not secure, neither is your home.
• Do your external doors have a robust deadlock i.e. a lock that requires a key to move the bolt forward into the frame?
• Are your doors or frames free from damage caused by weathering or neglect?
• Are your external doors sufficiently strong to resist forced entry?
• Do you lock your external doors when you leave the property for even a few minutes?
• Do you lock your external doors at all times when you are at home?
• Have you marked the valuable property in your home? This can be done using forensic markers such as Smart Water or Selecta DNA.
• Have you registered serial numbers of your mobile phone, computers, cameras, MP3 players and other equipment with a property register company such as Immobilise.com.?
If you require any assistance in marking property or with neighbourhood watch please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.
(Copied, with thanks, from Wiltshire Police)
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