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Burglaries in the area - Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 25/02/2020 14:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is issuing advice to homeowners following a series of burglaries in the area. Unoccupied properties are particularly at risk when owners are on holiday. You can therefore greatly reduce your risk of being a victim of a burglary by taking a few simple security measures. For example: using a timer switch so a light comes on whilst you are on holiday or out for the night, can prevent your home becoming a target. Check out the list below or the crime prevention pages on our website (see link below) for more ways to keep your home safe.

Most burglars are opportunists and target homes and businesses that offer the least risk of being caught.

Keep your home safe and secure:

• Keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home
• Install a burglar alarm with a visible alarm box
• Keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows
• Store high value items in a hidden safe
• Mark your belongings and register them for free with Immobilise
• Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots
• Keep items that could be used to break into your property such as ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away
• Lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property
• Use pea shingle on driveways or under windows, as it crunches loudly when stepped on
• Trim overgrown hedges and plants to remove hiding places and improve surveillance
• Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t
• Consider asking a neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you go on holiday and refrain from posting your holiday on social media

Burglars often gain access to their victim’s homes through unsecured doors and windows. Making sure your doors are strong and secure, and that all windows are fitted with a lock is a simple way to prevent thieves gaining easy access to your home. You should ensure any lock fitted is certified by the British Standard Institute.

For more information on how to protect your home and belongings visit Thames Valley Police website. <
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Justine Pritchard (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator , Thames Valley)

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