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Burglary crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 25/06/2021 13:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Seven facts about burglaries that will inspire you to safeguard your home:
  • Burglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front door
  • Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit.
  • Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays
  • Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passerby then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle
  • Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residence
  • Sheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a home
  • It’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They even return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break-in.

In five recent burglaries in East Surrey, access was gained via rear doors and conservatories. In two cases, sheds and garages were targeted rather than homes.

Sheds, garages and outbuildings account for a significant number of burglaries in Surrey. Valuable items such as power tools, bikes and golf clubs are top of a burglar’s wish list, but they’ll take anything they can get their hands on.

If you’re going away on holiday, or even just popping out for a few hours, please review your home security first. Some of our top tips to protect your property this summer include:
  • Always lock side and rear gates
  • Extend alarms to cover conservatories, sheds and garages
  • Install motion sensor lighting around the outside of your property to light up any unwelcome visitors
  • Park in front of garages where possible to prevent access
  • Check that your home insurance covers sheds, garages and outbuildings
  • Keeping valuable items like cash or jewellery at home? Invest in an insurance-approved safe anchored to the ground to keep them in
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Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

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