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General Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 24/08/2017 09:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

General Crime Prevention Advice.
Don't fall victim to opportunist burglars

You can greatly reduce your risk of burglary by taking a few simple

security measures to help make your property less attractive to

thieves.
Most burglars are opportunists and target homes and businesses

that offer the least risk of being caught.
 

Keep your home safe and secure:

• Keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home

• Install a burglar alarm with a visible alarm box

• Keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors

and windows

• Store high value items in a hidden safe

• Mark your belongings and register them for free with Immobilise

• Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats

or plant pots

• Keep items that could be used to break into your property such as

ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away

• Lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property

• Use pea shingle on driveways or under windows, as it crunches

loudly when stepped on

• Trim overgrown hedges and plants to remove hiding places and

improve surveillance

• Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it

isn’t

• Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
 

Burglars often gain access to their victim’s homes through

unsecured doors and windows. Making sure your doors are strong

and secure, and that all windows are fitted with a lock is a simple

way to prevent thieves gaining easy access to your home. You

should ensure any lock fitted is certified by the British Standard

Institute.
 

For more information on how to protect your home and belongings

visit Thames Valley Police website.

<www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-andbelongings/

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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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