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Summer and Hot Weather Burglary Prevention Reminder

Alert message sent 19/07/2021 21:18:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

At this time of year, opportunist thieves may attempt ‘walk in’ or ‘reach in’ thefts at properties with insecure doors and windows.

During hot weather spells, only leave windows open for ventilation when you are in the room and lock them when you leave the house and at night. Do not leave windows open, even on upper floors, if they are next to a porch or flat garage roof which can be used to climb up. Window opening restrictors can help you ventilate your home but make sure they cannot be picked and unlocked from the outside.

If you are working in your garden, please secure any rear or side access doors. If opportunist thieves hear or see you working in your garden they may walk down a side access and try door handles as they know that many people don’t lock these because they are going in and out. The opportunists will simply try the door and if unlocked, will enter and quickly search around for handbags or other items to steal. Even if you disturb them inside your house or garden, they often have a story ready to explain why they are there such as looking for someone they thought lived at the address or not realising it was the wrong house.

Consider installing CCTV or a video doorbell. Many models will send an alert to your mobile phone when someone steps onto your property.

For further information and crime prevention advice, please visit

Please contact us if you have any information relating to crime in your neighbourhood. Report online at call us on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact “Crimestoppers” anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111. It is an independent charity, no personal details will be asked for, calls are not recorded or traced and you would not have to go to court.

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

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