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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Police home security tips as nights draw in

As the nights begin to draw in police across Denbighshire are urging householders to help keep burglars at bay by ensuring their homes are kept secure.
 
“Still too many burglaries are happening as a result of people leaving their windows and doors open or unlocked,” said Sergeant Steve Carroll of the Community Safety team, based in St Asaph. “Burglars will exploit any opportunity and it’s important that people remain security conscious.” 
 
“We have had a spate of burglaries recently and insecure properties has been the common theme. Once inside the properties, the offenders have stolen ipads, cash, laptops and other valuables.”
 
The impact of burglary on the householder can be significant and long lasting. North Wales Police are intent on tackling this crime and urge residents to play their part by protecting their homes.
 
“Investigations are continuing into the crimes,” added Sgt Carroll, “however, as well as appealing for information we are urging people to stay a step ahead of a thief by remaining  vigilant and making sure they keep their property secure. Anyone who sees suspicious activity or has information about any burglary should to contact police immediately on 101. ”
 
Follow these police tips to help make your home safer:
 
•  If you know you’re going to be home late from work consider using timer switches which automatically turn on lights and will give the impression that your home is occupied.
•  Do not leave windows and doors open especially of you are going out. Security measures on modern windows allow air to circulate while it keeps the window locked.
•  Always lock your front door from inside - in particular UPVC front doors are often left unlocked when people are in their house.
•  Keep all valuable possessions out of sight of prying eyes.
•  Leaving keys within reach of a window, a glass pane or in the lock could make a thief’s job easier – keep them out of reach and never put car keys or purses on window-sills or in view of a window or door.
•  Always avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your home.
•  Do not leave back doors open or unlocked if you are to be upstairs for any length of time.
•  When leaving your property always remember to lock up properly and set your alarm (if you have one– even if you just pop out for a few minutes.)
•  Tools and ladders should always be locked away – these can be used to break into your home.
•  Don’t hide spare keys under flowerpots or doormats – this is one of the first places a thief is likely to look.
•  Install outdoor lighting – this can deter a burglary by making them fear detection or discovery.
 
Residents are being reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, call North Wales Police on 999 if it is an emergency or dial 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers with information anonymously on 0800 555 111 .

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