Police Stations across the UK are urging members of the public to be more security conscious during the Easter break.
With many of us travelling or going on holiday during Easter it is important not to let the security of your home lapse as some intruders will watch a home and take action when the best opportunity should arise.
Don’t let a burglary ruin your Easter!
Detective Inspector Andrew Dilworth, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “If you’re going away for Easter, or even if you’re just going out for the day, please leave your property secure. Also, don’t leave valuable items like jewellery or cash on display in your home. Seeing valuables such as this is all it would take to tempt a burglar.
The Inspector continued: “As the nicer weather arrives, I would like to remind residents to make sure they lock all their windows and doors when they leave – even if it is just for a few hours. It doesn’t take long for an opportunist burglar to strike. It is also a good time for people to check their sheds and garages are properly secure.”
If you see anything suspicious in your local area please contact your local Police Station.
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As part of our ongoing security initiatives we have put together the following list of security advice and tips…
- Try storing bins and ladders away from the property as these might be used to access 1st floor windows.
- Never leave any valuables where they can be seen by a burglar i.e. in view of a window!
- Don’t discuss any holiday plans on any types of open forums i.e. Facebook or Twitter. Posting details of when you will be away from your property will let any of your followers know that your home is potentially vulnerable.
- Keep out any unwanted guests – it is always a good idea to have a spy hole or door chain fitted as additional security.
- It can be a good idea to leave a light on or on a timer, especially during the darker evenings and if you are spending a night or week away from your home! Leaving a television or radio on is also a good alternative to leaving the lights on. Security products such as a light with a timer can be purchased in most DIY stores and online.
- If you are going to be away for a long period of time ask the Royal Mail to hold your mail with their ‘Keepsafe™’ service – they will do this for up to 2 months. It is recommended to ask the Royal Mail to hold your letters as this avoids a pile up of post inside the front door which could be an invitation for an intruder as they will be able to see you’re away.
- Store all sets of keys away from the front door! Whatever time of year it is, it’s always a good idea to have a key hook fitted internally away from the front door. Having a key safe fitted externally to your property may be a preferred option.
- A letterbox cage/guard is recommended as intruders may use the letterbox to retrieve keys stored inside the house; this type of theft is referred to as ‘Key Fishing’.
- Lights with sensors in the garden and front of your property will help to deter an intruder as they tend to be more confident when working in the dark.
- Use a UV pen to mark any valuables, so if the worse was to happen it may help to make recovery easier.
- Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by an intruder to gain entry to your property, i.e. garden tools, are safely locked away.
- When leaving the property always remember to lock any doors and windows. The majority of intruders will use an unlocked door or window to gain entry to a house.