Our village PCSO has reported few incidents in the village during the last couple of months which is very pleasing. However, Autumn is here and it is worth repeating the Watch advice about how to reduce the possibility of your house being burgled.
Criminals will look for homes that:
• Seem unoccupied
• Have little or no security
• Have doors or windows left open or
• Where they think they won’t be seen
As a general rule if it looks as if there is someone inside, the burglar is likely to go elsewhere.
Here are the things to remember:
• Are they closed and locked?
• If sensors are fitted, are they activated?
• Don’t forget garages, sheds, or outhouses.
• Are all outside doors (front. rear and patio) locked, preferably deadlocked?
• Are keys kept out of sight but readily available for your use?
• Are your lights on a timer?
• If you have one, is your house alarm switched on? Make sure a friend or neighbour can act if the alarm is triggered when you are out.
• Do you have a photographic record of valuable items?
• Are your outside lights on a sensor?
• Are your vehicles locked and valuables removed?
• Are your garages, side gates, sheds and outbuildings locked?
• Are items which can be used to break in put away? ie bricks, rubble, ladders, or garden equipment.