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Make it difficult for festive thieves urge police chiefs

Leamington Editorial 6th Dec, 2019   0

MAKE it difficult for festive burglaries is the message to Warwickshire households from police chiefs.

There were nearly 100 fewer break-ins last month compared to around 230 in November 2018 and police are urging residents to take action to keep the figures falling in the run up to Christmas

Det Insp Nailor from Warwickshire Police said: “We know the impacts burglary can have on our local communities, and we’re really happy to see we’ve had a reduction in these offences.

“However, every burglary is one too many and our work is ongoing to try and bring these numbers down even further.

“So far this year we’ve seen significant reductions in house burglaries right across the county, with a 20 per cent reduction in the last six months, compared to last year.

“Throughout the county, and by working with other forces, we have dedicated teams who investigate house burglaries and focus on targeting known burglary hotspots and offenders.

“Working with our local communities to tackle crime is paramount and we continue to urge people to come forward and report any concerns they have to us, whether it is suspicious activity or something out of the ordinary, if they report it we can take action.

“The information we receive from local residents helps us build a picture of what is happening in our local communities and allows us to take action to prevent further crime.”

Over the Christmas period, officers will be doing regular patrols but we are also reminding residents of key security advice to help keep homes safe:

• A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in – use timer switches to turn lights on when out.

• Save energy and money with low-energy light bulbs.

• Lock windows and doors and keep gates and side entrances well secured.

• Keep cars locked and remove any valuable items from display.

• Park cars somewhere well lit rather than a secluded street.

• Make sure burglar alarms are set when out or going to bed.

• Don’t leave car keys or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them.

• Lock garden gates and side entrances. Don’t leave tools lying around in the garden that could be used to break in to homes.

• Invest in external lighting.

Visit for more crime prevention advice.

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