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Alert message sent 26/06/2019 14:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Over the last twenty four hours there have been two Asian Gold residential burglaries in Addlestone. In both, small safes containing cash and gold jewellery were ripped out and stolen.
In order to safeguard valuables, we would recommend that:
  • Gold and jewellery, other than what is worn day to day, is secured in a secure storage such as a safety deposit box. If this is not possible, consider installing a home safe secured to a solid wall or a floor rather than furniture or fixtures.
  • Be discrete wearing jewellery in public and on social media, particularly during wedding season and religious holidays. Be careful showing that you are away on social media as this may mean that burglars could target your home. Also remove the meta-data from digital photographs with jewellery shown as this can flag your location.
  • Take photographs of valuable jewellery pieces and keep a written record of them. This will aid police in returning any stolen property and make it more difficult for burglars to sell on the stolen items as the photographs will be circulated to pawn brokers or jewellers.
  • Mark jewellery by laser engraving, DNA marking or a UV pen then register it with immobilise.com - https://www.immobilise.com/
  • Check your windows and doors and ensure that they are strong, locked and alarmed as forcing doors and windows is a very common method used by offenders.
  • Update or install CCTV, burglar alarms and security lighting. Burglars will pick the houses that look the most vulnerable. A Designing Out Crime Officer can come to houses discretely and give free, impartial and expert advice about improving security. See https://www.securedbydesign.com/m…/accredited-product-search
  • Join or start up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme - https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/…/setting-up-a-neighbourhood-w…/
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Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

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