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Crime prevention reminder and advice

Alert message sent 23/08/2016 14:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Lincolnshire Police

Over the summer months so far there have only been a few reports of the opportunist criminal act. Given the up and down nature of the summer weather, less of us are taking the chance on leaving windows open to let the fresh air in as the rain or cold weather has stopped us doing so. This is just a reminder to keep the thought in mind of 'what if', by locking doors and windows when away from home or whilst at the bottom of the garden it greatly reduces the chance of being a victim. An open window is an invitation to some to take advantage and snatch a wallet, mobile phone or car keys.

Although the school holiday period is coming to an end many people are still away from home or will be over coming weeks, do speak to trusted neighbours and ask them to keep an eye on your property, consider asking them to park on your drive if possible / suitable and check that post isn't building up.

Cycle crime is a common problem in the built-up Grantham area, but not exclusively so, bikes should always be locked through the frame to an immovable object like railings or a street light when out and about, any garages or sheds used must be locked when storing bikes. A rural location does lessen the risk but won't protect a bike from theft, many of the bikes I see in the villages are of a significantly higher value than those on the streets of Grantham and as such offer a higher reward if stolen.
Make sure all details of your bike are recorded, frame number, make, model and unique markings or additional equipment, also check your insurance details should the worst happen, is your bike covered? Some policies have very restrictive wording on where a bike is covered and the maximum value of a bike that would be covered as part of a home insurance policy.

PCSO Stuart Bowden
Grantham Rural South
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Stuart Bowden (Police, PCSO, Grantham NPT)

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