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Alert message sent 14/01/2020 07:46:00

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Crime Prevention Advice

Dear Residents,

There has been an increase of Burglaries reported in the area and we wanted to send you some information and tips on how to protect your home. please see the below information to help you

How to Protect your Home from Unwanted Visitors:
Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with  simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

1. Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
2. Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures - a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
3. Install good outside lighting
4. Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
5. Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
6. Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
7. Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
8. Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
9. Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
10. Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
11. Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
12. Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise. If you Register your valuables to help reduce property crime and Improve the chances of getting them back in the event of loss or theft, visit
13. Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, you can find further details at
14. Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows, Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault
Doors and windows - In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.
Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.
Distraction burglary - If you're not sure who is at your door, don't open it. Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from i.e. gas, electricity, water and police. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider - Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller - they may be bogus. The 'Waterboard' no longer exists, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
Going away on holiday -Make your home look like someone is living in it:
Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
1. Use the Royal Mail's 'keepsafe' service - they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you're away.  Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
2. Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
3. Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites - burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage
4. Get someone to cut your grass

Your Local Policing Team for Bottesford
PC Hayes
PCSO Burrows

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Keeley Burrows (Police, PCSO, Bottesford )

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