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This message is dated Thursday 7th May 2020 - Windsor

Alert message sent 07/05/2020 14:05:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police



    6th May Wednesday 11.30 a.m. / 1.30 p.m. Burglary – Occupants went out for the morning, when they returned, they found the rear patio doors forced. Untidy search of the whole house, electrical items ignored, but cash and jewellery taken.
    If you have any information please contact the police online at the TVP website, quoting Niche reference number - 43200133830

    See the appropriate Burglary Crime Prevention at:


    Burglary Crime Prevention Advice:

    Protect your home by protecting your garden and perimeter:
    • Low front boundary; keep hedges and walls at the front of your house low (under one metre), so burglars have nowhere to hide.
    • Secure side gate; keep side gates locked at all times. Open gates mean burglars can easily access your home without being seen by passers-by or neighbours.
    • High side and rear boundaries with trellis and spiky defensive planting; keep hedges, walls and fences around your back garden high (over 1.8 metres). Add lightweight trellis to gates and fences and plant some prickly plants to make it harder for burglars to climb over.
    • Gravel driveway and path; gravel driveways and paths make it harder for burglars to go undetected.
    • Security light; install an outside security light so that intruders can’t approach without being seen.
    • Intruder alarm system; install a burglar alarm system.
    • Secure shed door and window; always keep your shed locked and secured. Often sheds contain valuables such as power tools and bicycles.
    • Never leave tools lying around; never leave tools lying around as they can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
    • Leaving ground floor windows, doors and patio doors open in the summer for ventilation, can give burglars the perfect opportunity.  If you’re upstairs, or out of the room, even just for a few minutes, close them and help shut burglars out.

    Extra steps you can take:
    • Consider buying a shed alarm. These are usually quite cheap but still effective.
    • Add an extra layer of protection to shed windows, with laminate sheets of film or internal metal grills.
    Create a ‘natural defence’ against burglary:
    Planting particular shrubs (in their mature or semi mature form) along garden walls and fences can make it harder for burglars to access your property or put them off completely. To maximise this effect plant them close to each other.

    We recommend planting any of the following:
    • Berberis
    • Osmanthus
    • Forget
    • Poncirus
    • Crataegus
    • Pyracantha
    • Aralia
    • Chaenomeles
    • Ribes
    • Oplopanax
    • Elaeagnus
    • Robinia
    • Colletia
    • Ilex
    • Climbing roses
    • Maclura
    • Mahonia
    • Ligustrum (privet), or laurel
    • Smilax and Zanthoxylum

    Live in a ground floor flat or share a communal garden ?

    You can still make use of these tips by planting in front of ground floor windows to prevent easy access.

    Leaving your home checklist:

    Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do just before you go out.
    Become a creature of habit
    Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

    Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

    close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes

    double-lock any door

    make sure that any valuables are out of sight

    keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening

    never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways

    in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on

    if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night

    set your burglar alarm

    make sure the side gate is locked

    lock your shed or garagelock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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