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Summer and Hot Weather Burglary Prevention

Alert message sent 26/06/2020 15:36:00

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.

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, they 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.

Please download our free Security Guide for further burglary prevention advice at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/

If you have any CCTV, video doorbell or dashcam footage that may relate to burglaries in the area or you have seen anything suspicious please report online or call 101.

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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