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Increase in burglaries around the area

Alert message sent 08/02/2018 13:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As many of you would have seen from messages going out on this alert system, we have had an increase in the number of burglaries around the area.

We are asking you to telephone the 101 number if you see anyone acting suspiciously or a vehicle which seems out of character for the area (we would rather you telephoned in and we could check out anything) or if you think a crime is being committed ring 999. 

 

Crime Prevention – Burglary

You can greatly reduce your risk of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to help make your property less attractive to thieves.

Keep your home safe and secure

  • keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home
  • install a burglar alarm with a visible alarm box
  • fit a door chain and spyhole for extra security
  • keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows
  • store high value items in a hidden safe
  • mark your belongings and register them for free with Immobilise
  • fit energy efficient security lighting 
  • don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots
  • keep items that could be used to break into your property such as ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away
  • lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property
  • check fencing regularly to keep it in good repair
  • use pea shingle on driveways or under windows, as it crunches loudly when stepped on
  • trim overgrown hedges and plants to remove hiding places and improve surveillance
  • use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t
  • consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme if you are not already in one
  • ring the police if you hear the sound of glass smashing - it maybe someone breaking into your neighbours house

 

We urge residents to remain vigilant and if you witness any suspicious activity please report it to the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 and together we will aim to reduce the number of victims of burglary.
 

Thank you | Message ends | Christine                           
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Christine Seal (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Wokingham LPA)

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