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Burglary crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 07/07/2021 16:11:00

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Are you taking a summer staycation? Consider the following checklist before leaving home:
  • Posting holiday snaps on social media? Keep those posts private to stop unwanted views from prying eyes
  • Leave lights or a radio on a timer so your home appears occupied
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property, to close your curtains after dark and if possible, park on the drive
  • Cancel any regular deliveries such as newspapers or milk
  • Remember to lock all rear and side gates
  • Hide valuable items out of view of windows

You can find more checklists on our website:
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.

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.

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Carolyn Anstey (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

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