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Spring Crime Prevention Advice for Reading LPA

Alert message sent 31/03/2020 11:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Spring is here and summer is fast approaching. With the warmer weather we all enjoy having the windows open Reading Neighbourhood Policing Teams would like to share some crime prevention tips to help you stay safe:

Protecting your garden and outbuildings not only keeps bikes and other valuables in your shed safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home.

Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under one metre) so burglars have nowhere to hide.

Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.

High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants to make it harder for burglars to climb over.

Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.
Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen.
Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system, also consider CCTV system or Ring Cam and encourage friends, family or neighbours to receive this type of message by registering at

Secure shed door and window; always keep your shed locked and secured. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles, please register your valuables at

Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.

Stay Secure in Spring
Leaving ground floor windows, doors and patio doors open can give burglars the perfect opportunity.  If you’re upstairs or out of the room, even just for a few minutes, close them and help shut burglars out.

Extra steps you can take
Consider buying a shed alarm. These are usually quite cheap but still effective.
Add an extra layer of protection to shed windows with laminate sheets of film or internal metal grills.

Create a natural defence against burglary
Planting particular shrubs (in their mature or semi mature form) along garden walls and fences can make it harder for burglars to access your property or put them off completely. To maximise this effect plant them close to each other.

We recommend planting any of the following:
Berberis, Osmanthus,,Poncirus,Crataegus,Pyracantha, Aralia, Chaenomeles, Ribes, Oplopanax,Eleagnus,Robinia,Colletia, Ilex,Climbing roses,Maclura,Mahonia,Ligustrum (privet), or laurel, Smilax and Xanthoxylum.
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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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