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This message is dated Tuesday 1st December 2020 - The whole area

Alert message sent 01/12/2020 13:08:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As nights draw in and Christmas gets closer, it is really important for everyone to do as much as they can at home this year, to ensure that their house is protected and that they are not an attractive target for burglars.
We know that the period following the clocks going back and in the run up to Christmas, often sees the number of burglaries start to rise. We will of course be out on patrol, targeting offenders and locations across the Thames Valley, only with COVID restrictions in place, some of our traditional crime prevention outreach work, has not been possible.
Burglary is significantly down on previous reported levels, but we must not be complacent. These figures will no doubt have been impacted by the stringent lock down measures that have been in force earlier in the year and most recently through the month of November.
You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps which can find here:
 or check out our Home Security Guide:
As Christmas draws ever closer and much of our shopping is done online, it’s more important than ever, to be protecting your home and belongings from burglars.
Please make sure items are delivered when you are at home to receive them, or have them delivered to a trusted alternative address. Also be sure to cut up packaging, especially for any expensive items, so that it will fit inside your refuse bin - never leave boxes next to the bin, where they can be seen.
Remember, if you leave your purchases and gifts on display, or you’re sharing photos of them on social media, potential burglars can also see them. Don’t give burglars a sneak preview, of your gifts this Christmas!.
If your Christmas tree is visible from outside – please do not place wrapped presents around the base, where they can be seen – it will act as a crime attractor.  Thieves won’t even bother to rewrap them – knowing the type of gift inside, from the name on the label !!
When you are going out Christmas shopping, rather than carrying around named / branded shopping bags from shops when you make a purchase, take some supermarket bags with you and pop them inside.  Keep a black dustbin liner in the boot of your car, if you are going back and forth to store items between shopping – they are less visible that way and attract less attention.
If you are hiding presents at home – your shed / garage or the boot of your car, are not the best and most secure places !

Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.
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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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