You are reminded that the clocks are adjusted this weekend giving the potential criminals the extra hours of darkness. You may be out or still at work during these darker nights. Consider the purchase of a plug in lightswitch timer. A simple cheap device which will turn your lamps/lights on at set time to give the appearance that there may be someone in the home.
Consider the WIDE combination -
Get 49 times more protection against burglary by installing a ‘WIDE’ combination of security devices*.
A 'WIDE' combination includes:
Indoor lights on timer switches
Double door locks or deadbolts
External lights on a sensor
Forensic Marking discounts
As well as being able to get a free timer switch from us at our engagement vehicle events these engagement locations are listed on the Gloucestershire Constabulary website.
We will also be selling forensic marking kits.
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.
SelectaDNA marking kits will be available for £12.50 at our engagement vehicle events.
If you can't make it to one of our events you can also order these kits directly from suppliers such as Immobilse, SmartWater and SelectaDNA. Other suppliers are also available. The online discount codes and links are below:
SelectaDNA - £20.00 with discount code: NHWGLOU
ImmobiDot Microdot - 25% off with discount code: GLOSPOL101
SmartWater - £19.95 discounted 5 year offer:
For more information, please visit our website: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/
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 here 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 may be able to purchase these kits at a discounted price from us at our events as well as 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.
Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please call 101 or report online: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-a-crime-or-provide-information-anonymously/
Always call 999 in an emergency.