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Monday, 13 May 2013

Burglaries involving insecure homes down in East Cheshire


The number of burglaries linked to unlocked windows and doors has fallen since residents have got the message to secure their homes.

Head of the burglary unit for East Cheshire, Detective Inspector Nigel Groom, said: "We have over the years put out messages to the public reminding them to secure their homes. It looks like residents are heeding our warnings making it more difficult for opportunist offenders. Not only has number of burglaries fallen by almost 39 per cent, the number of burglaries where homes were insecure has gone down by 12 per cent.

"While we continue to investigate and put behind bars those who are committing the crimes, we would urge people to continue to secure their homes through the summer months when the temptation may be to leave a door or a window open.

"If you′re not in the room please don′t leave the external door open as it′s putting you at risk of opportunist thieves."

Residents, who haven′t already, are being encouraged to reassess their current security measures in a bid to reduce their chances of being targeted:

• Buy timer switches for lights, radios and other appliances to give the impression that someone is at home − even if they are not.

• Make sure all windows and doors are closed and secured at all times.

• Keep desirable items out of view to passers-by - valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.

• The same applies to valuable items stored away in garages or sheds - ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.

• Install outside lights - dusk till dawn lights with a low wattage bulb will give a constant light when needed. They switch on as it gets dark and turn off when it gets lighter.

• Consider other security measures in your garden such as motion sensitive lights, using gravel, which is noisy if anyone steps on it, and planting prickly bushes.

• Remember to be a good neighbour - if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your area - report it to police immediately.

DI Nigel Groom added: "We are committed to tackling burglaries in East Cheshire and will do all we can to ensure that those involved in this type of crime are caught and punished.

"Residents across the area can join in the fight against this type of crime. Neighbours are being urged to keep a watchful eye on their own neighbourhood and look out for people acting suspiciously in their area.

"Be on your guard and if you see anyone acting suspiciously then please report it to the police immediately on 101 - even the smallest amount of information can be useful when piecing together a case."

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