11th January 2017 - Burglaries
The weekly crime information service from Suffolk Police on the radio this morning at 0845 hours warned that intruders using lumps of concrete bricks etc. were blatantly breaking windows in houses to gain access to steal at various places in the county in the last few weeks. They are known to use extreme violence to householders that challenge them and are intent on stealing jewellery and high value goods. It is recommended by police that householders leave lights on even during the day to make it look as if houses are occupied and if such unlawful behaviour as described is witnessed the police are called on Telephone 999. Any descriptions of offenders and vehicles they are or appear to be using should be noted.
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Many people don’t pay as much attention to their home’s security during the daylight hours. This is because people tend to feel safer when not surrounded by darkness. However, when looking at statistics burglaries are just as likely to occur during the day.
A burglary at a property can occur at anytime day or night, in fact many burglaries occur during the day, as offenders tend to blend in better with the surroundings and are able to offer more plausible excuses should they be challenged, such as “I am lost”, “I was looking for Mr X who lives somewhere around here”, “I thought this property was for sale” and “I’ve lost my dog”, along with various other excuses that can be more easily made during the normal daylight working hours.
If your home is unoccupied during the day here are a few tips to help you to improve security:
- ALWAYS lock your doors and windows when you leave the house, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Make sure your locks reach British Standards and are fit for purpose.
- Never assume that your home, garage, shed or studio will be safe while unlocked, even if you’re currently at home. It only takes a minute for someone to enter and take what is not theirs.
- Remove ALL tools and objects from within your garden that could be used by an offender to break into your home with.
- ALWAYS set your intruder alarm if you have one, during the day AND night. And consider installing an alarm in any outbuildings too. Battery operated alarms can be purchased from Sudbury, Hadleigh and Capel Police Stations for £8 each.
- Use lights and, especially during the day, radios on timers inside your home.
- Property mark all electrical and valuable items with a UV & permanent marker pen, which can be purchased from the above stations for £1 each, or use a property marking solution like Smartwater or SelectaDNA.
- Register any items that have serial numbers on the UK property databasewww.immobilise.com for free, including any bicycles and power tools.
- Ensure your perimeters are secure with fencing or appropriate hedging and lock sidegates at all times with a padlock or mortice lock.
- IF YOU REMEMBER JUST ONE THING… Remember to store ALL important valuables including jewellery and cash out of sight and if possible in a hidden wall or floor safe. The first place an offender will look is in the top drawer of your dresser unit, or in the back of a wardrobe. DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM.
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