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Protect your home from burglary

Alert message sent 20/03/2022 20:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

We have recently had two burglaries in the Loughton area, one on London Road and one in Little Meadow .
Being burgled is a traumatic experience. It’s not just the financial cost of replacing stolen items, but also the emotional impact of feeling violated after a burglar has been in your home.
You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by looking at your home security through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised at how easy it would be.
To get started, simply download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here:
Below are some quick practical steps that you can take right now to make your home more secure:
Ensure doors and windows are locked, even if you are just out in the garden.

Store house, window and car keys out of reach of windows and your letterbox.

Hide valuables so they can’t be seen from outside. 

Mark your valuables with a UV pen or forensic marking kit as this will make it harder for thieves to sell the items.

Register valuables for free on the national property register at and bicycles at

Trim back hedges and shrubs at the front of your property so that burglars have nowhere to hide.

Always lock sheds and garages to prevent access to tools that could be used to break into your home.

Plant thorny bushes around the perimeter of your garden to deter thieves from climbing in.

Gravel can be laid on driveways, paths and beneath ground floor windows which will make a noise when stood on.
By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes within the area. 

Set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area

Would you like to bring your community closer together, or do you have concerns about burglary, antisocial behaviour or the general environment in your street?

Through Neighbourhood Watch you can help the Police and your neighbours to strengthen your community.  You can make your area a better place to live.  The scheme is free to join
Consider setting up a NHW Scheme in your area, for more information contact 101 and ask to speak to your local neighbourhood police team.

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David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

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