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Alert message sent 09/09/2020 08:30:00

Information sent on behalf of South Yorkshire Police

Good morning all.
As the days are now getting shorter, and the nights begin to draw in, now is a good time to take a quick review of your security.

Please ensure that all alarms are serviced and used when you go out, even for short periods. Try and use interior lighting on a timer, and always keep your doors locked regardless of the time of day. It may even be a suggestion to leave a radio on so that it sounds like someone is home, and again, this can be used on a timer.

Always make sure that all gates are locked and secure, and that exterior lighting is in good working order. Same applies to any alarms on sheds and outbuildings and any CCTV that you may have. Never leave handheld tools such as rakes and spades out as these can be used to break open doors and windows.

Always try and park off road, and if possible, completely out of view as in a garage. Where this isn't possible, try to park in a well lit area. Always ensure that the car is locked, and never leave any valuables on display.

Be aware of your surroundings, and others around you. Try to avoid isolated areas if at all possible. If using earphones whilst walking, leave one out. It may be a good idea to call ahead with an estimated time of arrival too. NEVER pay more attention to your phone than your environment.

Please don't be alarmed by this advice, it isn't sent to scare. Its sent to arm you with information that may just prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

Be safe, take care, and look out for each other.

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Shaun McDermott (Police, PCSO, Barnsley South East - Hoyland, Wombwell and Darfield)

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