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Potential increase in crime

Alert message sent 30/05/2020 15:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


Most people will be enjoying the sunny weather this weekend and I hope you are one of them. 

From Monday many people will be returning to work and children resuming their schooling and this may have implications for residents.

1) Volunteers may be less accessible to the self-isolating and more help will be needed.
2) Potentially there may be an upsurge in crime, particularly burglaries.  Please could Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators advise their members.

For general advice I have taken this from Thames Valley Police website to keep your home safe:-
 
Burglar facts
Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door
Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit.
Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays 
Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passerby then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle 
Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence
Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home
It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in. Even more reason for you to ensure you keep your home as safe as houses
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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