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Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice for Reading

Alert message sent 30/09/2020 12:34:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As the evenings get darker this is a gentle reminder about home security in the winter from Reading Priority Crime Team and Reading Neighbourhood Policing Teams:

Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do just before you go out. 

Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything:

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
double-lock any door and don’t leave the keys in the lock
make sure that any valuables are out of sight
keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
set your burglar alarm
consider purchasing a ring door key, dash cam or CCTV system
make sure the side gate is locked
lock your shed or garage
lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
Please register your valuables at
Please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to receive this type of message by registering at

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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)
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