Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Steph Jennings3
Burglary Advice for local residents
Due to a recent spate of burglaries in the area we thought a timely post withÂ burglaryÂ 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.Â You can reduce your chances of becoming a victim ofÂ burglary by adopting the following advice:
Windows – in just under one third ofÂ burglaries, thieves gain access throughÂ an unlocked door or open window. Make sure doors and windows areÂ locked, particularly when leaving Â the house.
Lighting – leave a light on to give theÂ impression there is someone at home.Â Timer switches can be fitted to operateÂ radios and lights when you are out.
Burglar alarms – visible burglar alarmsÂ make burglars think twice.
Keys – never leave a spare key in aÂ convenient hiding place such as underÂ the doormat or in a flowerpot – a thiefÂ will look there first. Never leave keysÂ near a window or door (thieves canÂ steal car keys using a hook or magnetÂ on a stick pushed through the letterbox).
Secure all doors – if your front andÂ back doors are not secure, neither isÂ your home. Thieves are most likely toÂ target doors when attempting to break
in. Check the condition of the frames,Â hinges and glass panels. Fit devicesÂ such as chains and door viewers.Â Patio doors need special fitted locks.
Garages and sheds – Fit sheds andÂ garages with strong padlocks andÂ ideally an alarm. Always lock laddersÂ in the garage or shed to stop a thiefÂ using them.
Postcode your property – it can deterÂ burglars because it is harder for a thiefÂ to sell on marked property and may alsoÂ help police secure a conviction.
Good neighbours – if you see anyoneÂ acting suspiciously in yourÂ neighbourhood, call the police. Get inÂ touch your local Neighbourhood WatchÂ scheme or form a new one in your area.
Bogus callers – Most people who callÂ at your home will be genuine. Â But sometimes people call with theÂ intention of tricking their way into yourÂ home. They are known as “distractionÂ burglars” or “bogus callers”, whose aimÂ is to get into homes to distract peopleÂ and steal their money or valuables.
- Most genuine companies will call inÂ advance to make an appointment
- If you are not expecting anyone andÂ have not invited them, donâ€™t let them in!
- Request identification and check itÂ with the company using a numberÂ from the phone book, not their card
- Look out for vulnerable and elderlyÂ neighbours
- Never give anyone your PIN number
Insurance – insurance will relieve you ofÂ the financial worry of replacing stolenÂ goods and many insurance companiesÂ offer reduced premiums for people withÂ good home security.
For further help and advice about how toÂ protect yourself and your home againstÂ burglars, please contact the crime reductionÂ officer at your local station or see the polices website,Â www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferhomes.
You can download West Midlands Police original Burglary Advice document from their website