Wolverhampton East Police Chief Superintendent Neil Evans has some helpful tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of burglary and opportunist crime during the summer months.
Simple low cost measures can help reduce the chances of becoming a burglary victim, particularly the security of garden sheds and garages:
- Locking away all tools and equipment.
- Keeping ladders chained up in a garage.
- Property marking valuable items with your postcode.
- Checking fences and gates are in good repair.
- Planting thorny shrubs around your garden perimeter.
- I would also recommend that you join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or to set one up to help further prevent burglary.
The Chief Superintendent also has some advice on Neighbourhood Watch schemes:
Neighbourhood Watch schemes bring residents together to tackle problems in their community. They help cut crime by focusing on helping to protect themselves and their property.
If you would like more information about Neighbourhood Watch, contact Sharon Martin, Community Partnerships officer at Wednesfield police station on 0845 113 5000.
Does your neighbourhood have a neighbourhood watch scheme? If so, are you a member and do you think the scheme has had an affect on crime in the neighbourhood? Let us know in the comments.
Source: West Midlands Police