Burglary is a serious issue, that’s why we are constantly targeting burglars here in North Wales.
In a bid to prevent opportunist thieves, we want to encourage the public to ensure they review their security in order to deter burglars from targeting their homes.
Here are some simple tips to reduce the chances of being a victim of such crime:
- Always close and lock your doors and windows when you are not at home.
- Close and lock doors of rooms you are not using.
- Don’t leave patio or conservatory doors and windows open or unlocked.
- Lock up before going to bed.
- Don’t leave any bicycles or tools out. Keep them locked away, note serial numbers and keep a photographic record of valuable property such as bicycles.
- Don’t hide spare keys under flowerpots or doormats – this is one of the first places a thief is likely to look.
- Never leave keys within view or in easy reach of a window, a glass pane or in the lock – these could all make a thief’s job easier. Keep them out of reach.
- Keep photographs of valuable items such as jewellery.
- Security mark electrical items and other valuable property – this should increase your chances of being reunited with your property should you become a victim of burglary but it can also discourage a burglar from stealing the item in the first place.
- Good lighting on the outside of your property can put off or draw attention to a thief.
- If you have a burglar alarm always set it before you go out.
Leaving your property vacant?
If you’re planning on leaving your property empty while you go on holiday, help reduce the risk of your property being targeted by making it appear as though you are really home. Consider using a timer switch on lighting and ask a friend to open or close curtains and remove your post. Remember to cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers etc. Arrange for a neighbour to park their car in the driveway and avoid discussing holiday plans with strangers who may use or pass the information on.
Anybody witnessing anyone acting suspiciously is advised to call North Wales Police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999. Information can also be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.