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Op Nemesis, crime prevention advice

November 28, 2012, 10:23 am

Crime reduction tips are being given to Chelmsford residents after officers have noticed a number of offences have been committed by offenders accessing properties via rear doors, some of which have been insecure.

Trisha Staerck, crime reduction officer at Chelmsford, advises if the initial attraction to the burglar is removed, your house looks too difficult to get in, or there is a greater chance the burglar might get caught, then you are less likely to become a victim.

She suggests the following prevention methods:

  • Where possible prevent access to the rear of the property with good fencing and padlocked gates;
  • Ensure that all windows and doors are closed and locked;
  • Fit “dusk till dawn” lighting with energy efficient light bulbs outside;
  • Make the house appear occupied at all times, for instance using lamps on timers and leaving a radio on;
  • Security mark property and use signage/labels that this has been done.
  • Consider having an intruder alarm fitted – use an NSI or SSAIB approved company.

Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their area is asked to contact 999 if an emergency. In all other circumstances contact Essex Police on 101. To report information about crime anonymously using Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is always looking for new members and groups and have a number of security products at discounted prices that can be purchased by residents.

If you would like further crime reduction advice or details of NHW or their products please contact Trisha Staerck, Crime Reduction Officer at Chelmsford using the police non emergency telephone number 101 extension number 421132.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

101 – The police non-emergency number

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
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