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Posted on: September 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Autumn Crime Prevention

Safety Tips Police

As the nights draw in, here is some crime prevention advice for Autumn: 

  • Make sure doors and windows are locked, particularly when leaving the house. It's easy to leave your front door or windows unlocked, especially when you're in a hurry or distracted. But, even if you only do it once, that could be enough to get burglarized. Most burglars are opportunistic - they look for an easy way to get in that won't take long or arouse suspicion, so many try the front door first. 
  • Look like you are in when you are out. Timer switches can be fitted to operate lights when you are out. 
  • Make sure you close curtains or blinds to prevent potential thieves seeing into your home. 
  • Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice. 
  • Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot. 
  • Marked property can deter burglars because it is harder for a thief to sell and may also help police secure a conviction. 
  • Consider joining or starting a local Neighborhood Watch Group. 
  • Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and unsecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

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