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Burglary Alert

Alert message sent 11/02/2022 08:49:00

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Burglary Alert:  Weds 9th Feb 14:58 Oxshott Road #Leatherhead  - initial attempt to gain access via rear doors before smashing window at front of property - 

Great security tips here :   https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/ensure-your-home-is-secure

It is important that your home does not appear unoccupied whilst you are away, so consider cutting the lawn and hedges before you leave, so that it doesn’t look unkempt.

Also: Make sure all access points are secured such as gates and activate any external security lighting that you may have

Ensure gardening equipment, tools and ladders are put away and securely stored. Don’t leave them lying around in your garden as they could aid burglars

Ensure that any sheds and out buildings are locked and secured. Use good quality locks on garages and sheds (ensure screws on latches and hinges cannot be undone easily from the outside) and where possible ensure that they are alarmed

Mark your valuables such as jewellery and electronic equipment, including your gardening equipment, tools and other valuables stored in sheds and garages, using a Secured by Design approved property marking solution

Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries if you have them. Don’t announce your departure to a shop full of people. Only tell people who need to know you’re going away such as a trusted friend or neighbour Ask a trusted neighbour or friend to collect post, open and close curtains

Never post statuses or comment on social media about going on holiday – or indeed whilst you are away on holiday. You wouldn’t display a sign in your window advertising that you’re going on holiday, so don’t advertise it online - if you must post status updates, ensure that your privacy settings are set so that only trusted family and friends can view the updates Is there a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme where you live?

Visit www.ourwatch.org. uk and enter your postcode to check to see if there are any schemes declared in your area, or alternatively speak with your local Neighbourhood Policing Team Make sure that you have up-to-date contents and buildings insurance – and remember, most insurance policies only cover burglary claims on an unoccupied home if there are signs of forced entry, so double check all doors and windows are closed and locked

Finally, just before you actually set off it’s worth allowing a quiet couple of minutes on the doorstep to check you’ve done all you had to do and taken everything you need with you.


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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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