Mon 19 March 2018

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Alert message sent 01/02/2018 08:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Dear All,

Even though Spring is just around the corner (or meant to be!) there are still individuals out there who take advantage of the darker evenings to commit crime.  Here are some general tips on how to keep your homes secure from burglars.  However, I must say that compared to years gone by Horley is down on burglaries:-

Further crime advice re: Burglaries :

  • Set your burglar alarm when you leave your home as many burglaries occur when your alarm is not set.  If you don’t have an alarm we recommend that you get one fitted. 


  • Never leave your door or car keys, wallets or handbags within reach of a letterbox, door or window.  Never leave keys in the door either, as this can make it easy for a burglar to reach in and unlock the door.


  • Mark your valuables with a forensic property marking product and place signs and stickers around your home, making it clear that your property is marked.  Photograph your valuables and keep a description of them.


  •  Always secure your shed and garage and don’t leave ladders or other tools outside – spades, hammers and screwdrivers can all help a burglar gain access to your house.


  • Around half of all burglaries happen in empty homes.  Make sure your home looks occupied when you’re out, for example by using an automatic timer to switch interior lights on and off.


  • Before going away on holiday cancel milk, newspaper and other regular deliveries and ask a friend or your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme to keep an eye on your home while you’re away.


  • Don’t let ‘distraction burglars’ or bogus callers trick their way into your home.  Use a door chain, always check their identity card carefully, and if in doubt, keep them out.




For more crime prevention advice visit

Kind Regards,

PCSO Jacqui Parnell


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Jacqui Parnell (Surrey Police, PCSO, Reigate & Banstead)

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