Clocks Go Back - Burglaries Go Up
Date Added: 24/10/2014
Bedfordshire Police are warning residents across the county to be on their guard after the clocks go back this weekend providing easy pickings for burglars.
Traditionally the number of break-ins go up by as much as half when it starts getting darker earlier, so this year, as well as special operations to target burglars, the force is giving local people guidance on how to protect their homes against this seasonal increase in burglaries.
Simple crime prevention precautions really can make all the difference. Thieves are essentially lazy and if they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time, or risk being seen, they are unlikely to bother to attempt a break-in. Taking a few precautions now, and purchasing a few simple security devices to make your home more secure, is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Make sure you do the following things to make your home more secure and help Bedfordshire Police reduce the number of burglaries this winter.
• Leave lights or the radio on so it looks and sounds like someone is at home.
• Lock all windows - thieves can wriggle through any gap larger than a human head.
• Fit locks to the top and bottom of patio doors.
• Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice.
• Never leave garages or sheds unlocked.
• Check for weak spots and sagging fences on your boundary.
• Stop a thief getting into the back of the house where he can work unseen by fitting a strong, high gate across a side passage.
• Be alert to strangers loitering in the street. If you don't recognise them or they are acting suspiciously, call the police.
• Don't hide keys under the mat or in a flowerpot - it is the first place a burglar will look.
You can download a comprehensive guide to protecting your home and property from the Bedfordshire Police website bit.ly/1pFTcB3 or visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk .
Vulnerable and older people can get a free security check and home improvements from the Bobby Van team, qualified carpenters and security experts who provide those over 65 or vulnerable people with a FREE security check to improve their security and prevent them becoming victims in the first place. If you are over 65 or considered vulnerable, or a carer for someone in this situation, go to bit.ly/1ruSZHu to ask for a visit.
Anyone with information relating to a burglary or other incident should call Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.