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Burglary crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 25/04/2017 16:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is urging residents to ensure their homes are secure in Windsor and Maidenhead as the weather improves this spring.
Burglaries can increase during the spring and summer months, when burglars take advantage of people leaving doors and windows open during the warmer weather.
Neighbourhood police officers can provide guidance and support to residents who want further advice on burglary reduction. You can get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101 and asking for a free home security assessment which will provide recommendations and advice on security.
Det Insp Jason Kew, of Local CID based at Maidenhead police station, said: “The reduction of residential burglaries remains TVP’s priority, and I am committed to detecting burglaries and convicting offenders.
“We are seeing positive results in cases where victims have used digital media and smart devices which connect to phone apps which alert the homeowner to an intruder and remotely record the suspect inside the house. In court, this footage can be crucial evidence against the suspect, so smart devices can assist with apprehending an offender and convicting them. It is also possible the chances of recovering stolen items are increased.”
The following crime prevention advice can help keep you home secure:
  • Before checking the locks on your front, back, patio, French window and garage door, have a good look at the framework around the doors. It should be securely fixed and in good condition, otherwise good doors or locks are not effective.
  • Check the condition of the door, including thickness. Doors must be at least 44mm thick for a 5-lever mortice lock to be fitted. If the door is too thin, then a rim deadlock should be fitted.
  • Check your windows from the inside and outside. Whether the window is wood or metal, you will find an inexpensive window lock to fit each type. Make sure that valuables are not visible from the outside.
Residents are also urged to challenge cold callers to provide proof of identification before you allow them to enter your home.
The following advice should be followed in order to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a distraction burglary:
  • Never open your door to someone you don’t know or aren’t expecting. Most callers are genuine, but it’s important to be on your guard. Always make sure a caller is who they say they are before letting them into your home. 
  • Distraction burglars may try to trick their way into your home by posing as officials or playing for sympathy by asking for help, such as to use your toilet or phone. These people often work in pairs or groups. The caller will try to distract you so their partner can sneak into your home to steal. 
  • Genuine callers will be happy to show you their identification or call back when someone else is at home with you. So always ask if you’re unsure. 
Help keep your home secure by following the crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website or, alternatively, call the non-emergency 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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