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Be bright and protect your home from burglars this winter and holiday season

Alert message sent 16/12/2021 10:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As the winter nights close in, leave a light on... and burglars in the dark! Burglars are often opportunistic thieves and you can take steps to avoid becoming one of their victims this winter.

• Make your home look occupied by using timer switches on lights and radios.
• Illuminate your front door with dusk to dawn lighting that comes on automatically.
• Consider purchasing and installing a video doorbell, house alarm or CCTV system.
• Close and double lock all doors and windows when going out, even if you are only away from home for a short period of time. Those 10 or 15 minutes popping out to the shops or on the school run are all a burglar needs to break into your home.
• Always double lock all doors and windows when you go to bed.
• Keep all valuables and keys out of sight and away from doors, windows and letterboxes.
• When not in use, store electronic car key fobs in a security pouch to prevent them being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car.
• If you have a key safe, ensure it is not visible to people passing by, but anyone tampering with it can be seen.
• When working from home, ensure laptops and electronic equipment are not on view.
• Don’t give thieves the tools to burgle your house, ensure sheds and garages are locked and secure.

Don’t leave any presents on view or advertise them on social media.
Don’t leave packaging next to your bin.
Register your new presents and gifts online at AT HOME
Don’t advertise you are away from home on social media. Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
Consider joining a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. For more information, visit
You can find further crime prevention advice at

Please contact us if you have any information relating to burglary in your neighbourhood. Report online at or call us on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111.

We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season.
Message sent by
Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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