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Burglary - Make your home less of a target

Alert message sent 12/04/2018 11:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As the days lengthen towards summer, many people relax about the threat of burglary as it is a crime most people consider is done at night.  However, some burglars prefer to act during the day as they can be assured that houses will be empty as house-holders will be at work or school.

Recently, we have had an increase in this kind of burglary in the Cippenham area so I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some basic security advice.

* Don't advertise no-one is at home.  
  Think about what your house looks like when you are inside and try & make it look the  
  same when you are out.  In particular, think about whether your curtains should be open or
  shut - especially if you are going to return home after dark
* Don't keep valuables on show
  When your curtains are open, anyone can see what you have inside.  Make sure you don't
  keep small, valuable items (e.g. jewellery, watches, iPads) in plain view
* Don't make it easy
  Make sure all your doors and windows are secure.  When the weather gets warm it's
  tempting to leave a window open, but that also gives burglars easy access.
* Don't give access to the rear of your property
  While it's tempting to get deliveries put into your back garden, that also means giving access
  to other people.  Make sure gates and fences are secure.
* Be vigilant
  If you see someone hanging around, make sure you do something.  If you feel safe,
  challenge them, if not call the police and report it.  It might be nothing, but it's better than
  you or one of your neighbours being burgled.

Remember, the chances of you being a victim of crime are low, but you can make those odds even better by taking some simple steps.  If you want to talk to an officer or PCSO about home security, let us know and we will arrange to visit.

Please remember to call 101 if you have any concerns or 999 if you have an immediate requirement for police attendance.
Message sent by
Andrew Barkham (Police, PS, Slough, Maidehead)

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