Staffordshire Police is reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this autumn as burglaries often increase at this time of year.
This reminder comes following a spate of break-ins reported across the county in the past week, as burglars take advantage of the longer hours of darkness.
Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, there are simple measures you can take to make your home look occupied and reduce your chances of being a victim.
To keep opportunist burglars at bay:
– Always keep doors and windows locked, even when you’re in. Remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of view or reach.
– Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use.
– Make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order. Always activate your alarm when you leave the house and go to bed.
– Don’t leave items of value on show through ground floor windows (i.e. laptops, tablets, mobile phones, car keys etc.
– Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Keep ladders and tools securely stored away, don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
– Look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly and report any suspicious activity immediately.
– Consider joining our Smart Alert scheme when you can receive localised crime alerts and prevention advice from your local police officers.
For further advice and a comprehensive guide, please see: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/burglary
To report a crime please call 101, or 999 immediately if the crime is in progress. You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Community Engagement Officer