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Crime Prevention Advice for the Weekend

Alert message sent 21/03/2019 15:14:00

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Crime Prevention Advice for the Weekend from Crime Prevention Officer Gerry McBride
The forecast is looking good for the weekend, and we often see a spike in walk in burglaries as the sun is out, so if you’re out tending the garden, make sure that your property is locked up. If you can’t see the door, lock it!
The advice for the weekend and beyond is, shut it & lock it! Get into the habit of locking your doors and removing keys and keeping these keys in a safe but handy place, should you need to grab them in a hurry.
You can do your bit by telling your family, friends and neighbours too, listen for the tell-tale sounds, of a chain being taken off, or a door being unlocked when you visit them, then point out to them that they are making it easy for a thief to get into their home. They should be happy that you care and are looking out for them.
A lot of car keys are also stolen using the walk in method; this is often termed a 2 in 1 burglary. Car keys are often ‘fished’ through a letter box, or, even via the cat flap, or simply picked up by the thief when entering an insecure property. Keep keys out of sight.
  • Get into the habit of locking your doors and windows as soon as you get in or are outside. Don’t leave keys in the door, or by the door keep them out of sight in a safe place.
  • Secure windows
  • Many burglar alarms have a ‘chime’ feature. If there is an alarm contact on your front door, this can generally be programmed to make a sound when the door is opened, however, don’t rely on this method alone, because you may not always hear the sound it makes.
  • Set your alarm overnight
Burglary can have a devastating effect on the victim. Follow the above simple steps to keep you, your family and belongings safe. Have a lovely weekend!
If you have any information about a crime please contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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