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Spring Burglary Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 21/03/2022 11:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Spring into action and protect your home, garage and garden buildings from theft.

The 15-20 minutes you spend on the school run or popping out to the shops is all a thief needs to break-in to your property. Please consider the below crime prevention advice to avoid becoming a victim of burglary this Spring:

• Make your home look occupied by using timer switches on lights and radios.
• Consider purchasing and installing a video doorbell, house alarm or CCTV system. Ensure you check privacy laws when installing CCTV systems.
• During warm 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. Window opening restrictors can help you ventilate your home but make sure they cannot be picked and unlocked from the outside.
• 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.
• Close and double lock all doors when going out and when you go to bed.
• Keep all valuables and keys out of sight and away from doors, windows and letterboxes. Store electronic car key fobs in a security pouch to prevent thieves scanning them 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.
• Consider joining a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme - visit www.ourwatch.org.uk for more information.

Please consider these crime prevention tips to protect your shed, garage and garden buildings this Spring:

• Never leave doors unlocked when you are not around and use strong padlocks on doors with no exposed screws and pay attention to hinges, which can be easily removed.
• Ensure fences, gates and their locks are in good condition.
• If you have a detached garage in a block, consider fitting additional security locks to the door to reduce the risk of offenders prising it open.
• Check whether your home insurance covers the contents from theft.
• Remove valuable equipment like laptops from garden outbuildings used as offices.
• Alarm it - there are systems on the market for all budgets.
• Security mark and register tools and other items so they can be identified at www.immobilise.com
• Consider installing CCTV (closed circuit television). Some systems can be accessed remotely via the internet or smart phone. Ensure you check privacy laws when installing CCTV systems.
• Thorny or prickly plants can be a deterrent in strategic positions, such as underneath windows or below walls and fences.
• Ensure hedges and shrubs are trimmed back to prevent areas intruders could hide or observe you. Crunchy gravel is also good for paths or areas around outbuildings.

Please contact us if you have any information relating to crime, suspicious vehicles or activity in your neighbourhood. Report online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk, call 101 or in an emergency 999. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111.

We wish you all a happy and healthy Spring season.
Message sent by
Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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