Following a number of ATTEMPTED burglaries on Wellingborough and Wellingborough Rural please find some advice below. The recent burglaries reported to us are ones that the offenders are looking to gain entry using insecure doors, windows and vehicles.
Improving the security of your home not only protects your material possessions
but those you love. It's also not just a case of spending money – there's a lot
you can easily do by taking simple steps to create a good safety routine.
Many burglaries are opportunistic, happening when offenders see an easy way to
ommit crime. There's no one product or way to prevent burglary, but combining
a range of security measures will put burglars off in the first place, or slow them
down significantly to the point where they see the risks outweigh the benefits.
The following tips will help you protect your home:
Look at your home as a burglar would – if you were locked out, how would
you get in? This will help you identify any weak spots where you need to
improve your home security
Ensure your external front and back doors are in good condition, and keep
them locked even when you're at home
If you open a window, always close and lock it when you leave the room
or go out
If you're replacing locks or whole doors make sure the products you choose meet current security standards – search for tested and approved products at www.securedbydesign.com and www.soldsecure.com
Keep all keys out of sight and reach of letterboxes, pet flaps and downstairs doors and windows
Never keep a spare key hidden outside
Avoid leaving high-value items where they can be seen from outside your home. If a would-be criminal can see it, they may be tempted to steal it
Make your home look occupied once darkness falls by using energy-saving lights with timers
Dusk to dawn security lighting to cover overlooked areas outside the front of your home will help deter offenders by removing the cover of darkness
If you have an alarm system, use it. If you don't, consider getting one.
Having pets doesn't mean you can't fit an alarm. Find accredited installers at www.nsi.org.uk and www.ssaib.org
Mark your property so it can be identified as yours and returned if stolen and recovered. Options include traceable liquids such as SmartWater® or a UV permanent pen. Find tested and approved security products at www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com
Keep front boundaries such as hedges, walls and fences below 1m high so your home, and anyone trying to break in, can be easily seen
Message Sent By
Donna Fenner (Police, PCSO, Wellingborough & East Northants)
Posted: Mon, 09 Nov 2020 10:04 by Deborah Rush