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Operation Garland - Winter Burglary Initiative

Alert message sent 20/12/2018 12:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Dear TV Alert member,

Today, local officers will be coming together for a Day of Action in your area, as part of the winter crime initiative entitled Operation Garland.

Through intensified levels of policing, we will be engaged in a range of activities; aimed at tackling the rise in burglary offences, seen in this period on previous years. What we will be doing will be announced real-time through our Twitter page.

You can support our efforts in reducing the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps:

• When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.
• Don’t leave valuables or cash on display and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox.
• Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property.
• Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.
• Consider fitting a motion activated external light or installing a CCTV system.
• Finally, mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at

For more advice on how to keep your home secure, please visit the burglary pages on our website at

What follows is a letter from the police commander for Chiltern & South Bucks, Superintendent Neil Kentish:

 Important burglary/ crime information

Dear Resident,

Preventing burglary in Chiltern and South Bucks Districts is one of our priorities. Opportunist criminals take advantage of open or vulnerable doors and windows, keys left in insecure ‘hiding places’ and unlocked side gates.
To reduce burglary offending, Thames Valley Police work closely with our community safety partners such as the local Councils to keep our homes safe.
Our advice:

1. Don’t leave your home in darkness advertising the fact that there is no one at home. Use a timer switch and set it to turn on a light as it starts to get dark. Try and vary the time on each day to make it look more natural.

2. Look out for your neighbour’s house, especially when they are not at home.

• If you see anything that you feel does need urgent police attendance (e.g. an unknown person in your neighbour’s back garden), phone 999 immediately.
• If you see anything suspicious, which does not need an immediate response, phone Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency number 101.
• If you have any information about a crime and do not want to speak to the Police personally or be identified, please call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

3. If you are not a member of a Neighbourhood Watch Group you can find details of your local group by calling Chiltern and South Bucks combined Community Safety Team on 01494 586535. If no such group exists in your area, consider establishing your own group. Additionally you can sign up to receive Thames Valley Alert messaging by visiting

4. For more details on any of the above options, please contact your Neighbourhood Police Team on 101 and they will be please to advise on home security options. Further information can also be found at

Kind regards,
Superintendent Neil Kentish
Chiltern and South Bucks Local Police Area Commander
The Chiltern and South Bucks Local Police Area are committed to keeping you informed of what we are doing to keep you safe.
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