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Summer burglary advice

Alert message sent 25/07/2019 11:46:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Summer burglary advice
🔒 Lock all windows & doors when outside
🏠 Fit window opening restrictors for ventilation
📱 Hide keys, valuables & cables
🔨 Secure tools & ladders

Don’t let burglars have easy access to your home
During the warm weather people are more likely to leave their doors and windows open to ventilate their properties.
Walk in burglaries do increase during the Summer months, so don’t be complacent, if you cannot see the door or window then it should be shut and locked.
If you are out enjoying your garden, remember to shut and lock all windows on the front of your property.

Enjoy your summer holiday but make sure your home looks lived in whilst your away
Use timer switches on lights to make your home look occupied in the evenings.
If possible leave a car in your driveway or ask a neighbour to park their car on your driveway whilst you’re away.
Ask a neighbour to check on your home while you’re away and move any post out of sight.
Cancel any regular delivers.
If you have a lawn cut it before you go away.
Lock away any valuable items such as bicycles – they may be safer in your home than in an outhouse or shed.

Enjoy day trips out in the warmer weather, but make sure you lock your car.
Don’t leave valuables in your car – even if you know that the bag on the front seat is empty, a thief may still try their luck.
Remove your sat nav and its holder from your car, don’t leave it in the glove box as this is the first place a thief will look and make sure you wipe away any suction markers.
Remember to shut your windows and sunroof when you leave your car.
Use an approved steering lock and gear clamp.
Set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one fitted.
Don’t let burglars make easy work of your property keep garden equipment and tools locked away.

Keep your shed securely locked by using strong hasp and close shackle padlock. Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges, hasp and staples.
Always put away gardening equipment, tools and furniture away when you’ve finished using them.
Keep your garden fences in good repair and consider having trellis on the top to discourage anyone climbing over.

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

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