This message is dated Wednesday 22nd May 2019 - The Whole Area
Alert message sent 22/05/2019 16:45:00
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This message is dated Wednesday 22nd May 2019 forthe Whole Area.
Now that summer is on the way and the promised warmer weather, people can become complacent about home security. The most common cases of opportunist summer burglary involve offenders that:
Enter an insecure front door, while residents are in the back garden
Enter doors that are closed but unlocked at night, while residents are asleep
Reach through windows, to take valuable items
Crime Prevention Advice
Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked, when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
Windows can only be left open, if you are in the room.
If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors / limiters so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough, to allow access to an opportunist thief.
When out in your garden, ensure that windows and doors to the front and side of the house, are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things, without you noticing.
If you walk in and find someone in your home, you will be confused. This will give them an opportunity to come up with an excuse - ‘I am looking for John, does he live here‘ ? You will stammer a ‘no’ ! Giving them the opportunity, to leave quickly.
Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows, or in reach of open windows or doors.
Ensure that all barbecue, garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential opportunist offender, to break in to your home.
Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible burglar alarm to deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
If you have a burglar alarm, remember to set it every time you go out and when you go up to bed. All new alarms are zoned with easy fob access and are pet sensitive.
Don’t leave any keys near entry points, where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
If you have a wall key box, with keys hanging inside labelled ‘front door’, back door’, ‘Mr. Smith at No 57’, ‘Mrs Jones at No 35’ it must be removed and all keys hidden, where it would take an opportunist thief more than 5 minutes, to find.
Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key, but keys are never left in locks, particularly if visible through windows.
Register your valuables at www.immobilise.com and encourage friends and family to receive this type of message by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
Sheds – Easy pickings ? Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.
Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
Ensure all tools and equipment are locked away when not in use.
High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
A shed alarm can also be installed.
Post-coding or indelibly marking all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens, or with Dremmel type engravers.
Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.
Going on holiday?
Make your home look occupied.
If you’re out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.
Ask a neighbour if they don’t mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied.
Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.
Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc.
We are currently experiencing high calls for service on 101.
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.