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Increase in burglaries

Alert message sent 25/08/2021 14:39:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Good Afternoon Citizen

There is a rise in the number of burglaries that are happening in your area, particularly shed burglaries. Adopt the following tips to keep your properties and your belongings safer!

Doors and Windows
In about a third of burglaries, thieves gain access through an open window or door. Make sure doors and windows are kept locked when you go out, and close them even when you leave a room, particularly during hot weather. Check the condition of door frames and glass panels to make sure they are secure.

Lights and alarms
When you are out, leave a light on to give the impression there is somebody at home. A light timer switch is fairly cheap to buy and can be easily fitted to operate radios and lights when you are out, giving burglars the impression that somebody is in.
Don’t forget – if you have an alarm on your house, use it!

Sheds and Gardens
Make sure sheds and garages are locked and secure.
Always tidy away your garden tools and lock ladders away to stop
a burglar using them. Use a good quality padlock on your shed to
protect your property inside it. You can also buy a shed alarm cheaply from most DIY stores which will improve the chances of scaring the burglar away!

If you have any information that could assist police with this recent incline in burglaries, please let us know via online chat (search WMP Online) or call 101.

For help and advice please visit
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention
Message sent by
Chelsea Tomlinson (Police,PCSO,Coventry Henley and Longford)

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