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Take simple steps to prevent burglaries

Following a number of burglaries across the region over recent weeks, West Mercia Police are reminding people to take precautions and protect their homes, cars and other possessions.

Officers are offering some simple steps to help people avoid becoming a victim:

  • Lock doors, patios and downstairs windows, even when you are at home. Make sure you check them before going to bed
  • Set a timer switch to turn on lights when it gets dark as unlit homes can indicate that nobody is at home
  • If a burglar alarm is fitted, make sure it is set when you go out and when you go to bed
  • Don't leave car keys, ID cards or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes where burglars can reach through to steal them
  • Lock garden gates and side entrances. Ensure that tools which could be used to break into your house are kept stored securely.

Detective Inspector Ed Slough said; "Most burglaries are opportunistic rather than targeted, with offenders choosing houses that have little or no obvious security, appear unoccupied and have easy, unobserved access to the side and rear that can provide them with the chance to gain entry without being seen or heard. By taking these simple steps every day and being aware of how your home might appear to a potential burglar, everyone can reduce their risk of becoming a victim."

More tips on how to protect your home against burglary are available in our Home Security section.

Anyone that has any information about a burglary, or needs to report a burglary is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101.


Published 18/05/17