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Keep your home safe while the nights draw in

Alert message sent 24/09/2020 15:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Burglars are often opportunistic thieves and you can take steps to help avoid becoming one of their victims.

• Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features they can exploit. Double lock doors and windows when you are away from your home and at night. Fit a guard to the rear of letterboxes to prevent anyone reaching in for the handle or to fish for keys.
• Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays. Use a timer switch to make your home look occupied when you are out and do not advertise that you are away from home on social media.
• Burglars often choose a home because they have spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence. Keep all keys away from doors and windows and store keyless entry fobs in a signal blocking pouch.
• Burglars target homes they think contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door.
• Sheds and garages are often vulnerable and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home. Ensure you have sturdy working locks and consider installing a shed alarm and lights. Property mark and register all tools.
• It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes they have previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. Consider purchasing and installing a video doorbell or CCTV system.

Give burglars nowhere to hide
Burglars do not want to be seen or heard and if they think they will be noticed by a neighbour or someone passing by, they will probably move on. Here is some advice on keeping burglars out of your home by giving them no place to hide.

1. Lower fences at the front around one-metre high are preferable to high fences as they allow for a clear view over the top and do not provide cover for anyone wishing to hide.
2. At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
3. Trellis, thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes make it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
4. Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
5. Gravel driveways and paths can help you hear anyone approaching your home.

For further crime prevention information, please visit our website:

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Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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