The Retford times has reported that with warmer weather expected over the extended bank holidays, police are reminding people to keep their homes safe from burglars.
One in three burglaries take place when thieves simply walk in through unlocked doors, or reach in to steal items through open windows.
Darren Surgey, one of Notts Police’s crime reduction managers, said:
While burglaries at insecure properties is not typically seasonal, we often see an increase when the weather is warmer.
With extended time off work due to bank holidays, people are more likely to be spending time outside, which can increase the risk of leaving doors unlocked and windows open. It only takes a second for a burglar to walk in through an open door and steal goods.
We would like to remind people that thieves are often opportunists who may try a door to see if they can get inside. Lock your doors whether you are inside or not, and don’t leave anything valuable on view within reach of an open window.
By taking a few simple steps, you can help protect your home:
- Ensure your doors are locked to prevent a burglar from ‘walking in’.
- Close your windows when you go out and always ensure valuable items are not left on view or within easy reach.
- Look in when you’re out – use a timer switch to make your lights come on at night.
- Set your burglar alarm.
- Remove keys from view and don’t leave them in the lock or on a hall table.
- Visit www.immobilise.com to register your items on a free property website.
- As it gets dark, draw curtains or close blinds to prevent rooms from being visible to anyone outside.
- Ask for proof of identity before letting anyone into your home.
- Join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
If you have any information about those responsible for committing burglaries, call police on 0300 3009999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
To read the source article please go to: http://www.thisisretford.co.uk/news/Don-t-let-crime-rise-temperature/article-3497010-detail/article.html
The News & Star in Cumbria has reported that Police patrols are being stepped up in a bid to stop thieves cashing in on Christmas and spoiling families’ festive season.
Cumbria’s force chiefs also revealed that they had recovered £1,700 of stolen property as part of investigations into a spate of burglaries in north Allerdale.
They have also issued a warning to householders, saying: “Don’t let thieves spoil your Christmas” and urged them to keep possessions “safe, hidden and locked”.
Police teams across the county are distributing a festive flyer, with tips on how to keep valuables, cars and houses safe at a time when burglaries traditionally increase.
PC Simon Evans, of north Cumbria’s community safety squad, said:
By following these messages, you can hopefully have a crime-free Christmas.
Crime-cutting efforts in the area will include the promotion of a website – www.immobilise.com – that allows people to register property for free, recording unique information that can be used by police to trace owners of stolen property.
Inspector Dennis Kelly, who heads west Cumbria’s burglary action team, said:
We are raising awareness of the importance of securing homes effectively and asking for the community’s help to provide us with information if they see anything or anyone acting suspiciously.
If you see something, please call us. Your small piece of information could help us to build up an intelligence picture and could mean that we can intervene and stop a crime from happening.
To read the source article in full please go to: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/
The Wincanton neighbourhood policing team has been out delivering festive message to its residents
More than 450 homes were visited by the team who spoke to residents about what steps to take to take for a crime-free Christmas. People at home were reminded not to tempt thieves by keeping presents out of sight, making sure their house is secure and that empty houses looked occupied by leaving a television or radio on and using timer switches on lights.
The day of activity, on Wednesday 9 December, was undertaken in partnership with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service who spoke to residents about fire prevention this winter. Residents were asked to ensure smoke alarms were fitted and working, reminded not to overload power sockets and advised to check their Christmas tree lights before putting them up.
Where there was no answer at houses an advice leaflet was posted through its door.
The event was organised by Police Constable Sara Stephenson, the beat manager for Bruton. Speaking afterwards, Sara said:
Christmas is a special time for people to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Becoming a victim of crime at Christmas can spoil the festive period so we have been out reminding people how to avoid being targeted this year. The message was well received by the residents we spoke to and I am confident most will act on the advice we gave.
Top tips for staying safe:
- Lock up and set the alarm in the evening as well as when you go out
- Seem in when you’re out by setting a timer switch to turn the lights on at dusk
- Post code your valuables and register them for free at www.immobilise.com – it could help convict a burglar and return your property
- Keep your keys and handbag or wallet hidden safely out of sight
- Don’t advertise your property to thieves: hide Christmas presents and don’t put boxes out for rubbish collection, bag them first
- Join or set up Neighbourhood Watch
- Call police immediately if you see anything you think is suspicious
- Make sure ladders and tools are secured otherwise a thief could use them to break into your home.
To view the source article please go to: Avon and Somerset Police Website
With autumn now upon us and the nights drawing in, Sussex Police are encouraging residents to leave a light on this winter.
Leaving your home during hours of darkness, without putting a light on or drawing the curtains, is an open invitation to the opportunist criminal that there is no-one at home.
This simple message is one of the key themes of this year’s “Operation Twilight” campaign – which offers valuable advice on how to go about ensuring burglars are left in the dark during the winter months.
Dennis Donovan, Force Crime Prevention Officer from the Community Safety Branch said:
It sounds simple advice, but when it is dark outside people don’t always think to draw their curtains or leave a light on if they are going to be out.
To the opportunist burglar, it is almost an invite. A house that is in darkness is the easiest target as no-one is likely to be home. It doesn’t take long for a burglar to get inside and steal property, particularly things that are easy to sell such as televisions, videos, computers, jewellery and antiques.
Unfortunately, every year sees a spate of early evening burglaries associated with the clocks going back and Sussex Police will be distributing Operation Twilight flyers throughout the Force area.
Between January 1st and the end of July 2006 the number of burglaries in Sussex had reduced by 21%, meaning 1,388 fewer victims in real terms. This is the biggest year-on-year percentage reduction for more than a decade and Sussex Police want to ensure this success continues.
In addition to regististering property on the Immobilise Property Register, the Sussex Police website also provides a good checklist of actions to consider to make your home more secure this winter. To view them please go to the Sussex Police website where the source news story can be read in full:
Police in Avon and Somerset are helping residents combat crime by encouraging them to take up gardening! Gardens are often the first line of defence against crime as two-thirds of burglars gain entry to homes via the back of the property. There advice although aimed at local residents, is just as relevant wherever you live whether that be in town or county.
The summer months also see an increase in thefts from gardens and sheds as people bring out their garden furniture and equipment as the weather improves.
The value of property stored in gardens, sheds and garages is often much more than people realise and can soon add up. Power tools, plants, containers, hand tools, sports equipment, cycles and toys are among those items most frequently taken by garden thieves.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary suggest that using defensive planting and prickly bushes to enhance the security of boundaries, around drainpipes or beneath ground floor windows, making forced entry more difficult and less attractive to would be burglars, is a simple, inexpensive and environmentally friendly crime prevention favourite.
Marking power tools with postcodes and house numbers is also effective. These details can then be placed on www.immobilise.com which can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets. Alternatively, permanently mark them by scratching or painting this will also reduce their value to the thief.
Crime Reduction Officer Tony Alderman from Taunton said:
People can take very simple but effective crime reduction measures, which can have a dramatic effect on their property’s overall security.
Clever planting, padlocks on gates and sheds and motion sensor lights are inexpensive and effective. Garden tools are often used to assist the burglar breaking into a property – ladders, are particularly helpful to thieves for example, so keep them locked away.
To read the source article in full go to: Avon and Somerset Constabulary
The Leigh Journal has reported that POLICE are urging people to lock up sheds and garages to stop burglars using gardening equipment to break into homes.
They should also fit alarms and security lights.
The warning comes from PS Glynn Worley who said:
Thieves can easily use tools lying around to break into someone’s home.
The average shed or garage contains hundreds of pounds worth of equipment, and if they are insecure then offenders don’t even need to break into homes to steal valuables.
Police recommend that residents install shed alarms and security lights and security mark power tools, bikes and other valuable items with ultraviolet marker pens.
Items should be chained together using a high-security chain or cable and a good quality padlock, and the chain should be securely fastened to the wall or floor.
For even greater peace of mind, residents are urged to register valuable items on www.immobilise.com, free of charge.
To read the source article in full please go to: Leigh Journal