Burglary Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 03/11/2019 16:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Hello Resident,

Working Together to Prevent Crime
Currently you have less chance of being a victim of crime in Cheshire than in neighbouring areas (such as Merseyside & Manchester), with your chances of being a victim of Burglary significantly lower.
However a criminal is simply looking for the opportunity to commit crime, or is suddenly hit by a tempting situation. If we remove that temptation, or make it difficult for someone, then it is estimated that a staggering 90% of crime would be prevented
We know that Burglars are currently operating in this area, and are working hard to catch them. But we do not want local residents to fall prey to them, and so offer the advice within this leaflet:
· Have an approved alarm fitted in your home – ask your local officers or your insurance company for advice.
· If you have an alarm fitted - ensure your alarm is working correctly.
· Use it at night. Most systems can be ‘zoned’.
· 1 in 3 burglaries occur due to an open or unlocked window or door – so always close and lock all doors and windows when you go out or to another part of the home where you wouldn’t hear someone.
· Fit kite marked mortise deadlocks or bolts to outside doors and gates, and locks with keys to all downstairs or easily accessible windows. Keep keys out of sight. Patio and French doors can be protected by fitting purpose made locks.
· Make it difficult for burglars by locking all side and back gates.
· Make the home look occupied when you are out or away,
· Use automatic timers to switch on radios or lights Leave lights on in the bedroom and bathroom, not just in the hall.
· Fit lights that come on at night to cover the sides and back of your house
· Keep them out of sight of windows.
Make items traceable.  Postcode them with a UV pen or specialist traceable liquids or register them on www.immobilise.com
 Check List
Þ Is the house number visible from the street?
Þ Are people exposed when approaching the building?
Þ Is access to garden restricted with a fence / gate?
Þ Are fences difficult to climb or get through?
Þ Is there external lighting to deter trespassers?
Þ Are sheds and outbuildings secured?
Þ Are tools / ladders left insecure for burglars to use?
Þ Are front and rear doors fitted with a deadlock?
Þ Are the windows fitted with key operated locks?
Þ Are door/car keys kept out of sight?
Þ Do you have an alarm? Is it always used?
Þ Are lights left on when you go out?
Þ Are valuables kept out of sight of windows?
Þ Is property identifiable ? (UV pen or chipped)
Þ Have valuable items been photographed?
Þ Have serial numbers of valuables been noted?

I hoper this information is of use?
Many thanks
Paul Mines
PCSO 7526
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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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