29th September 2016
Police share top 10 tips to protect your home against burglars
A list of top ten tips on how to keep your home secure from burglars has been released by police as part of a new campaign where specialist manhunt teams will track down suspects and regular high visibility patrols will be carried out in hotspots.
The seasonal initiative, which aims to prevent burglaries and crack down on those trying to evade capture, comes as clocks go back and homes are left in the dark for longer which makes them easier targets.
The public are being advised to:
1) Keep keys or forms of Identification away from windows, doors or letterboxes
2) LIFT – LOCK – REMOVE, keep all windows and doors locked and if you have multi-locking door handles always remember to remove the key and keep it in a safe place out of sight.e.
3) Lock all sheds and garages so that tools and ladders can’t be used to break into your home.
4) Keep side gates locked and wheelie bins stored behind them.
5) Set-up timer switches on certain lights and the radio in your house so that it appears as if someone is home.
6) Buy a safe for all valuable and sentimental items; make sure that it is securely fixed to a solid surface.
7) Burglars obviously don’t want to be seen or heard so install a visible alarm system inside and outside the house.
8) To increase visibility and deter burglars install low level ‘dusk till dawn’ lighting.
9) Keep the side and rear boundaries high in order to restrict access and make front boundaries low to remove hiding places and increase visibility.
10) Photograph and mark valuables and sentimental items with your postcode and house number/name if possible. You can register items with serial numbers at www.immobilise.com.
Police have announced that specialist manhunt teams will be deployed to track down the most evasive wanted burglary suspects, whilst high-visibility patrols will take place in burglary hot spots.
Officers will also be targeting those organised criminal groups who prey on the elderly and vulnerable by pretending to be officials in order to gain access to their homes.
The latest figures published in July 2016 show burglary offences have fallen by 4 percent across the Met compared with the previous year.
However, Temporary Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, who is leading the operations, says people needs to stay vigilant.
Chief Superintendent Wilson said: “We are working with other forces from across the country in a coordinated effort so that burglars will have nowhere to hide. By also targeting people who handle stolen goods, we are sending a clear message that anyone who benefits from burglary is implicated in a serious crime.
“As part of this work, we urge Londoners to take action to safeguard their homes by following our simple crime prevention advice. By thinking like a burglar, and noticing and addressing where your home and possessions may be vulnerable, you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.”
For more help and advice visit: www.metbumblebee.org