Advice Image courtesy of West Midlands Police

Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Steph Clarke

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Burglary Advice for local residents

Due to a recent spate of burglaries in the area we thought a timely post with burglary advice from West Midlands Police would be in order:

In three out of 10 burglaries, thieves do not have to use force, they get in through an open door or window. You can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary by adopting the following advice:

Windows – in just under one third of burglaries, thieves gain access through an unlocked door or open window. Make sure doors and windows are locked, particularly when leaving  the house.

Lighting – leave a light on to give the impression there is someone at home. Timer switches can be fitted to operate radios and lights when you are out.

Burglar alarms – visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice.

Keys – never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot – a thief will look there first. Never leave keys near a window or door (thieves can steal car keys using a hook or magnet on a stick pushed through the letterbox).

Secure all doors – if your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Thieves are most likely to target doors when attempting to break
in. Check the condition of the frames, hinges and glass panels. Fit devices such as chains and door viewers. Patio doors need special fitted locks.

Garages and sheds – Fit sheds and garages with strong padlocks and ideally an alarm. Always lock ladders in the garage or shed to stop a thief using them.

Postcode your property – it can deter burglars because it is harder for a thief to sell on marked property and may also help police secure a conviction.

Good neighbours – if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police. Get in touch your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or form a new one in your area.

Bogus callers – Most people who call at your home will be genuine.  But sometimes people call with the intention of tricking their way into your home. They are known as “distraction burglars” or “bogus callers”, whose aim is to get into homes to distract people and steal their money or valuables.

  • Most genuine companies will call in advance to make an appointment
  • If you are not expecting anyone and have not invited them, don’t let them in!
  • Request identification and check it with the company using a number from the phone book, not their card
  • Look out for vulnerable and elderly neighbours
  • Never give anyone your PIN number

Insurance – insurance will relieve you of the financial worry of replacing stolen goods and many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for people with good home security.

For further help and advice about how to protect yourself and your home against burglars, please contact the crime reduction officer at your local station or see the polices website, www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferhomes.

 

You can download West Midlands Police original Burglary Advice document from their website

 

 

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I have nearly always lived in Wednesfield, I moved away briefly but missed the sense of community and so swiftly moved back! I honestly believe Wednesfield has more to offer than the residents often give it credit for and wanted to do something to redress the balance of negativity around where we live. Working for a media company using the internet and social media as a marketing tool I had the skills and passion to help set up WV11.co.uk so did!



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