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Crime Prevention Team Blog

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Cleveland Police Crime Prevention Team - Monthly Blog

This month the crime prevention team are focussing on ‘Walk in Burglaries’, which, as the name suggests means that the burglar has simply entered your home through an unlocked door or window. A staggering 1 in 3 burglaries or 33% are via this method

In our day jobs visiting victims of crime, something that people still aren’t doing is ensuring that their front doors are locked. We know this because we listen for a chain to be taken off, or the noise of a key turning in the lock, whilst waiting for the door to be answered.

We often see an increase in walk in burglaries as the sun comes out, and with the lovely weather approaching, the smell of barbecues filling the air, householders making the most of the sunshine and eating outdoors, we are no different, and can often be found in the back garden on a warm summer’s day

So, this month the advice is simple, LOCK IT or LOSE 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 them in a hurry. If you're out in the back garden please make sure that the front is secure, the last thing you want is to come back into the house after a lovely relaxing day to find you have been burgled whether this be high value household items or car keys being 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 using a fishing rod or long pole with a magnet attached

Get into the habit of locking your doors and windows

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 a 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

Set your alarm overnight

Burglary can have a devastating effect on the victim. Follow these simple steps to keep you, your family and belongings safe.
If you have any information about a crime contact:
Police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111
Kind Regards
The Crime Prevention Team

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Paul Payne (Police, Rural Crime Reduction Officer , Cleveland)

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