Thames Valley Police have received several reports of burglaries in recent months in the Goring area where unoccupied properties have been broken into. The residents of these homes have often been elderly and have either been taken into care homes, hospital or away on holiday. Entry to the properties has been gained by forcing/smashing windows or doors and it appears that cash and jewellery have been targeted.
Please look after any friend’s or relative’s properties that are unoccupied and remain vigilant, reporting any suspicious activity and vehicles to us online via the form on our website or by calling the police non-emergency number 101.
Please share this message and make sure you have reviewed your home security. You will see an increased presence of CID Officers and Neighbourhood Policing Officers will be carrying out visits to day centres, coffee mornings and holding Have Your Say meetings which will be advertised via the Thames Valley Alerts system.
If you run a group in the area and would like support please email the Henley neighbourhood Team at HenleyNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.
You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by looking at your home security through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised at how easy it would be.
To get started, simply download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/
Below are some quick practical steps that you can take right now to make your home more secure:
• Ensure doors and windows are locked, even if you are just out in the garden
• Store house, window and car keys out of reach of windows and your letterbox
• Hide valuables so they can’t be seen from outside
• Mark your valuables with a UV pen or forensic marking kit as this will make it harder for thieves to sell the items
• Register valuables for free on the national property register at www.immobilise.com and bicycles at www.bikeregister.com
• Trim back hedges and shrubs at the front of your property so that burglars have nowhere to hide
• Always lock sheds and garages to prevent access to tools that could be used to break into your home
• Plant thorny bushes around the perimeter of your garden to deter thieves from climbing in
• Gravel can be laid on driveways, paths and beneath ground floor windows which will make a noise when stood on.
By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes within the area.