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Abingdon and Cumnor burglaries

Alert message sent 07/12/2017 11:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

There has been a number of burglaries in your area recently. One burglar entered the house through an unlocked conservatory door and another used an insecure ladder at the property to climb up to an open window upstairs. You can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary by taking reasonable steps to protect your property.

Home security advice

Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar. If you think your home security looks poor, chances are so will a burglar…are there any places they could break in without being seen? If you have forgotten your keys but can still get in so can a burglar!

  • Get an alarm – most burglars will avoid properties with alarms.
  • CCTV – this will act as a deterrent and also help us to identify burglars if you are broken into.
  • Doors – keep them locked even when you are home. Make sure your doors and frames are strong and have five lever mortise deadlocks to all external doors including patio doors.
  • Windows – Fit window locks with keys to all easy to reach windows. Keep windows locked and remove the keys putting them in a safe place out of sight.
  • Gates and sheds – make sure they are in good condition and locked to make it harder for offenders to break them open. Ladders can be taken from insecure sheds and used to help offenders climb into upstairs windows.

Home security surveys

The Abingdon Neighbourhood Policing Team offer crime reduction surveys on your homes. Please contact us ( and we can arrange a time to come and talk through your security with you and offer you some crime prevention advice.

We would also ask residents to be vigilant in keeping an eye out for unusual activity in your street including vehicles and people that may look out of place and report it on 101 as soon as possible or 999 if you suspect that a crime is taking place at that moment.

Alternatively, if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online by visiting No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

For further crime prevention tips please visit or contact your local neighbourhood policing team by emailing or calling 101.

Message sent by
Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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