Police in Bristol expect 1,000 homes to be burgled in the city in the next three months.
Bristol’s priority crime team want to reduce that number and prevent your home being one of those thousand, and to help they are launching a Spring burglary campaign.
Richard Kelvey, Detective Chief Inspector on the burglary team, said:
We know from previous statistics that there are likely to be 1,000 homes burgled in Bristol in the next three months.
We want to do everything we can to reduce that number and we are working hard but we need the public to be aware of how to make themselves and their homes less vulnerable to burglary.
Surprisingly, around 300 of all those burglaries expected to take place, will happen because someone forgets to lock a back door or leaves a window open. We know it is easily done when you are rushing to get out of the door for work or to get the kids to school – making the property insecure and giving thieves easy access.
Another method for burglars is smashing a small window or glass panel in a front or back door in order to put a hand through and unlock it – which is why keys should never be left in back doors or on nearby surfaces.
People are also advised to keep hard copy photos, receipts and descriptive records of their property as well registering it on national property database Immobilise so that it can be identified in the event it is stolen.
Councillor Gary Hopkins, Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for the Environment and Community Safety, said:
Although burglary rates are going down steadily we want to ensure everyone knows the simple precautions to take to reduce their chance of being burgled.
Avon & Somerset Police have some good tips to keep your home safe:
- Lock it or lose it – always make sure you secure windows and doors before leaving your home, using ALL locks, including deadlocks and bolts on windows and doors.
- If you have an alarm system ALWAYS set it before going out even if it’s only for a few minutes.
- Don’t advertise your home to thieves – never leave valuable items on display in windows.
- Never leave packaging for expensive items out in the recycling box all week: either put it out on the morning it’s due to be collected or take it to the tip.
- If you have a side or back lane on your house make sure it is gated and well lit, so as to not give easy access to your property.
- Use a switch timer and leave a radio when you go out.
To read the source article in full please go to: Avon and Somerset Police