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Residential Burglary

Alert message sent 22/02/2020 15:37:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Dear Residents,

Good afternoon, just some crime prevention advice on burglary for your consideration.

How To Prevent Burglary:

Ensure your locks and security devices are of a high quality and specification.
Always lock your doors and windows before leaving for work, and going to bed.
Keep keys away from windows and doors, preferably in a key safe.
A secure post box or letter cage can stop a burglar from reaching nearby keys or undoing the latch from outside.
Use British Standard approved locks that meet BS3621 on all entry points.
How to Deter Burglars
The simplest way to prevent burglary is to not allow your house to appear a desirable target. To achieve this, we want to limit the burglar’s certainty that they will receive a substantial reward for gaining entry, and increase the risk they face when entering the building.
Keep valuables out of sight when out of the home, so burglars are unsure as to whether the risk they are taking is worthwhile. If a burglar can see laptops, jewellery, or car and house keys through the window, they know what they stand to gain, and what to prioritise should they be pressed for time. Hiding these objects means a burglar is less certain what they stand to gain, and unsure how to escape with the maximum possible profit.
You should also avoid leaving obvious signs that the house is unoccupied when you are away. People often ask a neighbour to move the post for them, but often other clues are left behind. Leaving a calendar in view of the window, or posting about your plans on social media, is just as helpful for the burglar. If a burglar knows they have a clear period during which the home is unoccupied, they can enter knowing there is little chance of detection.
Keep high value items, such as laptops and tablets, out of sight from windows on the ground floor.
A visible home alarm system actively discourages burglars from approaching the building, for fear of triggering an alert.
A well-maintained CCTV system can deter burglars, as evidence will be left behind.
Fit security lights and install a gravel drive to make burglars less likely to risk approaching the building, as they will be readily spotted or heard.
Make it hard for strangers to know when the property will be empty, and use timer switches to turn lights on and off while you’re away.
 
West Midlands Police
 
Message sent by
Susan Malhi (Police, PCSO, Bushbury, Lowhill, Fallings Park and Oxley)

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