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Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 14/04/2021 12:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

The number of residential burglaries reported to us has remained low during the pandemic, thanks to many of us changing our daily routines and working from home. But now, as Covid restrictions lift, we expect that burglars will also be taking advantage of their new-found freedom.

So, as you leave home for long-overdue catch ups with friends and family, take a moment to check your home security first and take some time to check your home security measures.

We recommend fitting new or stronger locks on gates, windows and doors, especially to garages and sheds. Outbuildings often contain valuable items such as power tools, bikes and golf clubs, but aren't well secured and are easy for burglars to break into.

Video doorbells have become increasingly popular and can help you manage your home security remotely, as well as acting as a visual deterrent to burglars.

Installing motion sensor lighting at the front and rear of your property can also be an effective deterrent to stop anyone prowling around your home in the dead of night.

Our suggestions include:
  • Replacing old door and window locks
  • Keeping garden gates locked and bolted
  • Moving bins out of sight so they can't be used to climb over fences or walls or through windows
  • Planting spiky shrubs under garden walls and windows to burglar-proof the outside of your home
  • Adding alarms and strong locks to sheds and garages to keep power tools, bikes and golf clubs safe
  • Installing video doorbells and other CCTV around the outside of your property

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Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

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