Leicestershire Police is supporting National Burglary Week by launching a month long advertising campaign.
With just 22 days until Christmas, the campaign is focusing on protecting people from burglars who target homes filled with gifts over the festive season. It’s part of the force wide burglary campaign called Operation Dynamo.
Nationally burglary has fallen. You are now three times less likely to be victim of burglary than in 1995. In Leicester, Leicestershire and
ACPO lead on burglary Assistant Chief Constable Paul Broadbent said; “Burglary can mean much more to victims than the loss of possessions. It can leave them feeling scared, violated and vulnerable. If items are not insured, it can also lead to financial as well as emotional strain. A burglary over the Christmas period can almost certainly ruin the holiday.
“The police service has worked hard to tackle burglary and this is evident in the recorded crime figures, which show another six per cent fall in burglary in June 2012. We have made great use of new technology, DNA evidence and CCTV digitalisation in apprehending burglars. Restorative justice and work to divert individuals away from a life in crime have also been successful over recent years.
“This year we want to make sure people are aware that the most effective way to prevent becoming a victim of burglary is simple: secure property properly and remove high value items from view!
Follow the tips below to keep your home safe and secure this Christmas.
- Don’t leave presents under the tree particularly if visible from windows or doors.
- Make use of the free and secure registration websites to register items of value such as I.T., mobile phones, cycles, electrical items such as TV’s, Games Consoles etc
- Dispose of present packaging carefully as empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have new and desirable goods inside your home.
- Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
- Ensure that all doors and windows are locked- use a dead or double lock on outside doors
- Lock up sheds and garages so thieves cannot gain access to ladders and tools which they could use to gain access to your home.
- Never leave keys anywhere near the front door; burglars know where to look.
- When you go out at night, consider leaving the lights on with curtains drawn so it looks like someone is home.
- Visit www.securedbydesign.com for police approved security products.
- If you do arrive home and notice signs of a break-in:
- Don’t go in or call out – the intruder could still be inside.
- Go to a neighbour’s to call the Police.
- Don’t touch anything or tidy up.
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