North Wales Police are asking residents in Llangollen to be extra vigilant following a spate of burglaries at homes in the area.
Entry has been gained on two occasions through unlocked doors. Items stolen include golf clubs and garden tools. Car keys have also been stolen on two occasions, followed by the car itself.
Inspector Julie Sheard said; “While working hard to prevent and detect these burglaries, we are asking residents to take steps to make it difficult for offenders to gain access to their homes. Many of the burglaries could have been prevented if homes had been secure.
“Always ensure windows and doors are locked when leaving home or going to bed. Do not to leave car or house keys on display or near the letterbox.
“Vehicle owners should not leave any items on display and should always lock their vehicle when unattended.
If you want to be certain your house is as safe as you can make it, here are 10 tips you should follow.
- Fit strong locks to external doors and windows, and make sure they are locked at all times
- Always remove all keys from inside locks, and keep them out of sight and in a safe place
- Fit sturdy deadlocks (British Standard BS3621) to all doors
- Make sure your doors and frames are strong and in good condition - wood doors should be at least 44mm thick
- Mark your property - having it marked helps police verify it's been stolen
- Fit a door chain or bar and door viewer (spy-hole), and use them.
- Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, in a flowerpot or behind a loose brick - thieves know to look there first
- When you are out in the evening, leave your lights on and shut the curtains
- Install outside security lighting; if other people can see your property a burglar may think twice
- Keep your tools and ladders securely locked up – a burglar could use them to get into your home
“Anyone who would like more information on protecting their home, vehicle or other property can contact their crime prevention officer on 101. If you see anything suspicious, make a note of the details and contact the police immediately on 999.”