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Burglary crime prevention advice

It’s vital to leave your home secure whenever you leave it:


  • Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • Double lock any door
  • Make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • Keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • Never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • In the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • If you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • Set your burglar alarm
  • Make sure the side gate is locked
  • Lock your shed or garage

    Keep your home and belongings stay safe while you’re away:


  • If you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends
  • Leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or Resident Watch Scheme
  • Consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive
  • Remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries

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    Carolyn Anstey
    (Police, Office Manager, Runnymede)

    Neighbourhood Alert Cyber Essentials