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Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice for West Oxfordshire

Alert message sent 01/11/2019 10:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As it is now getting dark earlier in the evenings, Thames Valley Police would like to remind residents about protecting their homes against opportunist burglars by remembering to follow these simple tips:
  • Dark evenings can provide perfect cover for burglars who can easily spot an open window in an unoccupied room, see your valuables through open curtains or blinds.  Try to make your house look occupied by leaving lights and the radio on when you are not there; invest in a light timer switch.
  • Don’t leave your house and vehicle keys in the lock or on a side table in view of a window, making it easy for a thief to ‘fish’ them through your letterbox
  • Don’t leave items in open porches that could be used to enter your home, to open doors or take keys through letterbox. 
  • Close and lock all your doors and windows before going out or to bed.
  • Always lock your front door from inside - in particular UPVC front doors that have handles, as they are often left unlocked when people are in their house.
  • Please register your property at  
  • Encourage friends, family and neighbours to receive this type of message by registering at
  • Cancel newspapers and milk if you’re going away for a few days and ask a trusted friend or neighbour to 'keep an eye' on your property, to park their vehicle on your driveway, push post sticking out of the letterbox inside your property or put out/ away your wheelie bins.
  • Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or any information to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Message sent by
Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)

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