I attach a sensible circular from Wiltshire Police:
Seasonal Warning to Householders - Burglary
Summer is on its way and with the warmer weather it is considered prudent to remind people about the dangers of leaving the windows and doors of their homes insecure
• Every year at about this time, there is an increase in the number of burglaries reported to Police. Already, there have been a number of ‘walk in’ burglaries to private homes where thieves have taken advantage of insecurities in order to enter homes and steal property.
• Please make sure that when you go out you close and lock all doors and windows to ensure opportunities are not provided for thieves and burglars. Even a small casement window left open can provide a thief with a quick and simple way into a house.
• Please don’t be tempted to leave anything unlatched, even during a short absence from the home. It may mean that the house gets hot and stuffy, but that’s better than coming home to find that you are a victim of burglary.
• Even when you are at home, lying out in the back garden soaking up the sun, please make sure that the front of the house is secure. While you are dozing at the back or doing some work in the garden, anyone can take advantage of an open or unlocked door or window at the front to quickly nip in and help themselves to your valuables and be gone without you knowing anything about it.
• Register your property for FREE via http://www.immobilise.com
Please take a few minutes to think security. Use your locks, close your windows and don’t let a criminal ruin your summer.
Personal Safety Advice
Know the facts
In Wiltshire reported incidents of robbery (mugging) pick-pocketing and purse snatching are fortunately infrequent. Knowing how and where criminals who commit these crimes operate may keep you safe
Thieves frequently operate:
• At cash machines
• In car parks
• Around bus stations
• During the hours of darkness in secluded areas – looking for drunken victims coming home from the pub
Be aware and keep your possessions safe
• Be discreet with your belongings; displaying jewellery, IPods, mobile phones and cameras, could attract the attention of criminals.
• Don’t flash your cash
Reduce the risk of mobile phone theft by following these simple tips:
• Don’t leave your phone on tables in pubs or restaurants.
• Don’t walk and text at the same time, you will be less aware of what is happening around you.
• Keep calls in public places as brief as possible, the longer you talk, the more likely you are to be spotted by a potential thief.
Looks good enough to grab
Be aware of chain-snatch thieves and keep your jewellery out of sight
Snatch robberies can involve violence or theft. The chance that this will ever happen to you is quite small, but you should be aware of what you can do to keep yourself and your property safe:
• Make sure your jewellery is not visible.
• Plan your journey in advance.
• Walk with friends – one of whom should stay sober.
• Avoid dark or deserted areas late at night.
• Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to what’s going on around you.
Be assured that Wiltshire is a safe place to live but by taking simple steps you can protect both your home and possessions.
Further crime prevention advice is available from http://www.wiltshire.police.uk
Anyone with information in relation to any crime are asked to contact Police on 0845 408 7000 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if they wish.
David J Budd Crime Prevention and NHW Liaison Officer Wiltshire Police
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