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Burglary Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 01/04/2020 10:45:00

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Whilst we all staying inside to help protect the NHS and save lives it is easy to become complacent with our home security.
If you need to leave your house unattended, please remember it’s important to leave it secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget  obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home.

Burglars are often opportunistic thieves, seizing any opening that they can take advantage of, such as doors and windows that are left insecure or open or are easy to force. Anything of value that they might spot through a window will only spur them on. But it really doesn’t take much to deter these thieves – just smart thinking.
 
Whilst we are having to stay in our homes, isolated detached garages, outbuildings and sheds are vulnerable, so it is worth ensuring that they have been locked and secured.  

Here’s a quick reminder of what the police recommend you do before you go out:

• close and lock all your doors and all accessible windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
• double-lock any door
• make sure that any valuables are out of sight
• keep handbags and keys including car keys away from the letterbox or cat flap, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
• never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
• in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
• set your burglar alarm
• make sure the side gate is locked
• lock your shed or garage
• lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

If you’re looking for information about the Government’s instruction to stay at home and how that may affect you, you'll find guidance on Gov.uk
You can visit the NHS website for information and advice about coronavirus
Information about the police enforcement powers put in place to reduce the spread of the virus can also be found on the Government’s website.

We're asking you please to only call 999 if it is an emergency and 101 if it is urgent. If you can, use our online services at www.thamesvalley.police.uk

 
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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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