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Burglary Alert

Alert message sent 13/02/2018 15:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

We had two burglaries reported to us on Tonstall Road in Epsom on Sunday 11th February.
During these burglaries personal artefacts such as electronic items and jewellery have been stolen – along with vehicle keys, and the vehicle itself during one incident.

Access appears to have been gained via insecurities at both addresses and this is another reminder to make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked. In some instances UPVC doors will not be secured unless locked from the inside with a key.  

Please be extra vigilant in this respect and keep your front and back doors shut and locked, even when you are home.  Secure side gates and rear boundaries.  Further crime prevention advice can be found on the Surrey Police web pages at:
Please encourage neighbours to sign up to In The Know, Surrey and Sussex for the latest crime updates, crime prevention advice and news in your area:
Please see below some further security tips...


Burglars can strike at any time but most burglaries can be prevented by securing your home and marking any valuable goods inside.

Your belongings may have a lot of sentimental value to you, but to a thief they’re just a way of making quick and easy cash.

By marking your household items with visible permanent marking product Selectamark and using our deterrent window stickers, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of getting burgled. You could also use our forensic property marking product SelectaDNA, which has been proven to reduce burglary by up to 85%.

Marked property is worthless to a thief as they know it will be very difficult to sell an item with someone else’s postcode or house number on it. Meanwhile, if they are caught with the item in their possession, police can prove via the marking that they are handling stolen goods.

Mark your property with a forensic marking product, and register your belongings with There's no cost and it improves your chances of getting your belongings back if they are lost or stolen.
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 an intruder alarm - If it is to be monitored, ensure it is NSI or SIA registered (see 'Useful links' for directories)
  • 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
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a correctly installed safe
Message sent by
Jo Wright (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Epsom & Ewell)

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