Can you provide any information relating to the following incidents/activities? If so, please let the Police know on 101 quoting the appropriate incident number (in bold).
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WOKING incidents in the past period.
Wednesday 17 January 1615 – Thursday 18 January 0720 - 45180006575 – amenity depot, Martyrs Lane, Woking
Burglary. Offenders have forced entry through fence into Amenity Depot, then forced entry to container and stolen ten TVs from within the container.
Wednesday 17 January 1800 – 2200 - 45180006753 – pavilion in Aberdeen Way, Woking
Criminal Damage. The pavilion has been vandalised and has also had some spray graffiti left all over the outside walls and on the lights. The lights have also been damaged and broken
Wednesday 17 January 1800 – 2200 - 45180006891 – property in Azalea Court, Woking
Burglary. A ground floor flat was broken into, entrance via a window.
Thursday 18 January 11:50 – 1330 - 45180006813 – property in Copley Close, Woking
Theft. Cooker purchased from online site has been stolen from outside victim’s house.
Thursday 18 January 17:00 – Friday 19 January 06:40 - 45180006990 – property in Digby Way, Woking
Crime Vehicle – Offender(s) have gained entry to a Ford Transit with and stolen tools.
Friday 19 January 11:00 – 13:00 - 45180007249 – bike racks in Victoria Way outside Council offices, Woking.
Theft. 2 men caught by CCTV stealing bike (woman’s white mountain bike) from rack.
Friday 19 January 13:00 – Saturday 20 January 12:30 - 45180007476 – property in Russell Road, Woking.
Burglary. Offender(s) have gained access by smashing rear patio doors. Have conducted untidy search and removed 2 x torches.
Saturday 20 January 19:15 – 19:40 – 45180007643 – property in Orchard Mains, Woking.
Burglary. 3 males disturbed whilst trying to break into residential property. Police attended to discover an attempt burglary whereby the front lock and door handle to the property have been snapped off. No entry gained.
Saturday 20 January 22:00 – Sunday 21 January 05:30 – 45180007679 – Co-op shop in Victoria Road, Woking.
Criminal Damage. Rock thrown through shop window.
Saturday 20 January 12:00 – Sunday 21 January 07:00 – 45180007706 – Coign Church, Church St West, Woking.
Burglary. Upon entry, an untidy search took place and some damage was caused. Nothing stolen. .
Saturday 13 January 13:30 –17:00 – 45180007995 – property in Ashwood Road, Woking.
Theft. Victim had left industrial dishwasher on the driveway to the property to discover it had been stolen a few hours later.
Wednesday 17 January 17:00 – Saturday 20 January 09:00 - 45180008245 – property in Bagshot Road, Woking.
Burglary. Have forced entry to a detached barn on residential property by smashing a window with a brick, nothing taken. Victim believes offenders were disturbed by dogs on property.
Monday 22 January 00:00 – Tuesday 23 January 16:15 - 45180008694 – property in Burnham Road, Knaphill, Woking.
Burglary. Victim reported that garage handle has been forced and broken off for the second time.
Tuesday 23 January 12:30 – 16:30 - 45180008624 – back racks by British Heart Foundation, Crown Square, Woking.
Theft. Victim reports that he has locked up his bicycle (GIANT RINCON - blue/black) just opposite the plane. On return he found his bike has been stolen. The bike lock was left at the scene and has been cut in half cleanly suggesting it was cut with bolt cutters or similar.
Tuesday 23 January 12:30 – 16:30 - 45180009175 – property in Hanbury Path, Sheerwater, Woking.
Burglary. Offender(s) have gained entry into garden shed, causing damage to the lock and taken 2 bicycles from within.
Going on Holiday?
About to start your holidays this weekend? We'd love it if you help us make sure your house isn't tempting to thieves whilst you are away.
You'd think it goes without saying to lock up houses & sheds properly (but you'd be surprised how many break-ins are through open doors or windows!) but check out our top tips here https://goo.gl/KFjri2
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As well as the above
- Don’t discuss holiday plans in front of strangers
- Don’t post details on social media
- Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries
- Mow the lawn and tidy the garden
- Ask someone to collect your mail
- Give a trusted neighbour contact details if necessary
- Ask your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme to keep an eye on your property
- When travelling, don’t display your home address on your luggage tags.
Keeping your bicycle safe
- Store your bike in a locked shed or garage
- Take photos of your bike including one of the serial number then register it on immobilise.com
- Mark or tag your bike
- If you need to leave your bike outside use a good lock, hardened steel
- D-locks are recommended, remove the saddle or front wheel and detach any lights or equipment.
Top tips for keeping your home safe and secure
Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox)
- Install a visual burglar alarm
- Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
- Leave lights on in your house or on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
- Mark your property with a forensic marking product and register your property with Immobilise
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewelry, passports) in a correctly installed safe
Doors and windows
In many burglaries, criminals break into a house or flat through a door, either by forcing the lock or breaking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar which is available for both lock and hinge side for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do this. Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach from outside.
Reducing garage, shed and garden crime
- Use good quality fixings and a padlock to secure doors
- Use anti-tamper screws in door hinges
If possible, lock any windows
- Fit a mains or battery powered alarm
Use a forensic coding product to 'property mark' all valuable tools and equipment with your postcode/house number
- If possible, secure lawnmowers and other valuable equipment to a shed or garage wall
- Lock tools away when you aren't using them.
The majority of burglaries that are committed occur at the rear of properties. For this reason it is important to deter access into your back gardens. Gates should be closed and locked at all times when not in direct use. Deter the scaling of gates and fences by adding trellis to the tops of them. Please make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when not in direct use. Please don’t think that because you are only popping out for a moment that it won’t happen to you!
Consider the installation of an intruder alarm in your home. Any alarm installed should conform to standard BS EN 50131 and should be fitted by a company that is NSI (National Security Inspectorate) or SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) approved. Details of such companies can be found at www.nsi.org.uk or www.ssaib.co.uk
Cars in winter
Frosty Mornings have arrived, Surrey Police would like to remind motorists not to leave their vehicles with the keys in the ignition while the vehicles defrost. Thieves are known to target residential areas on cold and frosty mornings looking for cars where the owner has started the engine to defrost the windscreen and then returned inside, leaving the car unattended.
• If you have a garage, always put the car away at night. This not only keeps the car frost-free but also out of sight of would be car thieves.
• Always remove keys from the ignition, even if you are leaving your car, just to open a garage door. It only takes a thief a few seconds to jump in and drive away.
• Cover your windscreen the night before a frost is forecast. This will shorten the amount of time it takes to clear the windscreen.
• Ensure you have the required de-icing materials available.
• Stay with your car while it is defrosting. You may even consider taking a cup of tea out with you while you wait.
• Make sure you allow yourself longer in the morning to get ready if frost or snow has been forecast the night before.
• Motorists should also be aware that some motor insurance policies become invalid, or the cover reduced, if a car is stolen as a result of keys being left in the ignition.
Following this advice will help protect yourself, your vehicle(s) and others from harm on our roads this winter.
Community Engagement Volunteer - Woking