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November 20, 2012, 12:51 pm

Police in Suffolk have a launched a film to help protect homes against burglaries.

Officers are urging residents to take simple steps to secure their homes and help prevent them becoming victims of this type of crime.

As part of Operation Drawbridge, launched in October, a short film has been produced, highlighting these steps.

The operation aims to reduce the number of burglaries being committed across the county by encouraging homeowners to take simple measures to protect their house.  It also aims to increase the amount of crimes ‘solved by calling upon members of the public to provide police with crucial information to help bring those responsible to justice.

Chief Inspector Jenny Powell said, “Burglars often look for ‘quick win opportunities, targeting houses which are easily accessed, that they can get in and out of very quickly.  We want people to be aware of the very easy ways that they can deter these criminals from trying to enter their homes.

“The number of burglaries we see being committed across the county traditionally increases in the winter months, and we hope that by raising awareness of ways in which you can protect your house, we can bring this number down.

“I hope that lots of people will view our short film and take note of the tips shown, so that together we can make a stand against those people who choose to commit these offences.”

The short film can be viewed online at www.suffolk.police.uk.

Key tips for protecting your house are:

  • Alarms – fit an alarm system in a prominent position.  If you dont wish to purchase an alarm, consider a dummy alarm that would deter would-be criminals.
  • Doors – Fit a spy-hole or door chain so you can see who is at the door.
  • Security lock your shed and fit a shed alarm to protect valuable equipment.
  • Fit a lock to any outdoor oil tanks, theft of heating oil is common in the winter months.
  • Plant thorny shrubs to prevent unwanted visitors from climbing over fences.
  • Lights – use timers to switch lights on and off to give the impression someone is home when they are not.
  • Leave a radio on to give the impression someone is at home, even when the property is unattended.
  • Fit lanterns or floodlights with movement sensors, which are triggered when someone approaches your door.
  • Use gravel and pebbles on driveways and paths so you hear people approaching your house.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately by dialling 999.
  • Ensure windows and doors are locked and secured at all times, especially when the house is unattended or overnight.

Remember, close it, lock it, check it.

 
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