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Burglary Prevention Advice for the Summer Months

Alert message sent 05/06/2018 14:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

As the weather is getting warmer and the evenings are getting brighter, many of us will be leaving doors and windows open to keep our homes cool. Sadly, these can offer easy targets for opportunistic burglars, so be sure to follow these simple steps to prevent thieves spoiling your summer:
  • Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out, even small windows. 
  • If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or be sure that they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
  • When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
  • Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
  • Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting, a visible alarm or CCTV cameras to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
  • Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
  • Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.
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Mel Reedman (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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