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Burglary - Get 49x more protection with WIDE

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Most homes in Gloucestershire need more burglary protection*

Get 49 times more protection against burglary by installing a ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices*.

A 'WIDE' combination includes:

  • Window locks
  • Indoor lights on timer switches
  • Double door locks or deadbolts
  • External lights on a sensor

Scroll down for more burglary prevention advice or visit our campaign web page.

Get a free timer switch at an event:

As we work towards safer days and nights, your local officers will be available to speak to you about burglary. Over the next week we're visiting Tuffley, The Dukeries, Matson, Winchcombe, Cinderford and Stroud. See all of the planned events across the next two months at our campaign page by clicking here.

As you've already signed up to Your Community Alerts you're eligible to receive a free timer switch at one of our engagement vehicle events. Show this e-mail to an officer at one of these events to receive your free timer switch.

Forensic marking kits:

We’ll be selling, at cost price, forensic property marking kits for £12.50 at our engagement vehicle events. The kits can be used on tools, jewellery, laptops and any other household item.

These kits allow you to apply a clear liquid with a unique chemical signature to your property. The liquid is odourless, colourless, visible under a UV light and very difficult to remove. It's similar to DNA which means that if your property is ever stolen it can be linked back to you. For more information on these kits and to buy them online directly from suppliers for £20+ visit our campaign page.

Burglars look for opportunities:

They want to find empty-looking homes, where they can’t be seen by neighbours and where they can get in and out quickly. Take away their opportunities by installing the ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices and by carrying out the following actions:

Is your back gate your weak spot?

Stop access to your back garden. It is really important. Install strong fences and gates and make sure they are kept locked. Make it difficult for burglars to climb over them by adding trellis and spiky plants. Burglars enjoy the privacy of a back garden as it allows them to spend the time they need to get into your home often by smashing patio doors.

Install CCTV or digital doorbells

Install external CCTV or digital doorbells. Burglars don’t want to be seen and these devices can capture evidence we can circulate amongst our officers and the public.
See guidance on installing domestic CCTV at gov.uk by clicking here.

Can your neighbours see your entrances and exits?

Increase the visibility of the entrances and exits of your home. Cut back and remove any plants, bushes and high fencing that block your neighbour’s view of your home. Burglars do not want to be seen as they may get caught.

Mark your property with forensic marking liquids

Use forensic marking liquids to increase the likelihood of getting your belongings back. These liquids act like DNA evidence and can be used to link recovered property back to you. Popular brands include SmartWater, SelectaDNA and ImmobiDot. You can purchase these kits at cost price at our engagement vehicle events, online though our discount links and through your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Check if valuables are on show

Check what valuables can be seen from the outside of your home. If there are items that may look tempting to a burglar remove them from view and make sure they are marked with a registered forensic marking liquid.

Wheelie bins, tools and heavy garden objects

Wheelie bins left out the front offer burglars help to get over your fences. Tools and heavy objects left out help them smash or force their way in. Put them away.

 * Tseloni, A., Thompson, R., Grove, L., Tilley, N. and Farrell, G. (2017). 49x more protection compared to no devices being installed.
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