Safer North Hampshire - advise on keeping property secure this summer to avoid becoming a victim of crime
Residents and car owners are being reminded to be vigilant about closing windows and locking doors over the summer holiday period to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
The advice, from the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Partnership, is aimed at encouraging people to take safety precautions to ensure their home, property and outbuildings remain safe from burglars. Young people are also being encouraged to avoid committing antisocial behaviour during the school holidays.
Cllr Ken Muschamp, Chairman of Safer North Hampshire, said: “Burglars are on the look-out for homes that are empty for several weeks while people are on holiday, but they also know that people will sometimes leave windows or doors open while they nip out for a short time. We are encouraging people to follow the standard crime prevention advice and keep windows and doors secure. In addition, keep sheds and garages locked to help protect your outbuildings.
“We also encourage young people to enjoy the summer holiday, but please be mindful of your neighbours and avoid committing antisocial behaviour.”
Crime prevention tips include making homes looked lived in by using automatic timer switches to either switch on lights or turn the radio on. Residents should also secure their windows when they are not in the room – net curtains or blinds can help to prevent burglars from seeing inside. Ensure the front door is locked if everyone is in the back garden.
Other advice includes not discussing holiday plans in front of strangers or posting details on social networking sites in advance or while on holiday. If possible, people should ask a trusted neighbour or a friend to keep an eye on the house and outbuildings.
Sheds should be secured by fitting a good quality padlock, with fittings reinforced at the back with a steel plate. Consider replacing any existing door screws with ones that cannot be unscrewed once they are screwed in, and check that house insurance covers items in sheds, garages and outbuildings.
Whether parking when out for the day or at home, remember to lock vehicles and do not leave the windows open, even in hot weather. Never leave items on display, and never leave dogs or children alone in hot vehicles – even for a few minutes.
People can property mark valuables with a UV pen, as well as registering them free on www.immobilise.com, including the make, model and photographs of items.
More information and advice is available on Hampshire Constabulary website at www.hampshire.police.uk.