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Police Issue Warning Following Increase in Burglaries

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Police Issue Warning Following Increase in Burglaries
Cleveland Police are warning householders to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in the Redcar and Middlesbrough areas.
Jewellery, cash and vehicles are amongst the items stolen from the premises since mid-January to date.
Crime Prevention Officer Gerry McBride is asking householders to consider his top ten tips, to help prevent you from becoming a victim.
  1. Keep vehicles locked, empty them of all valuables and keep the keys somewhere safe and secure, not on a table, stairs or key hook near the front door. Thieves have been known to go on fishing expeditions for these keys, through the letterbox, or even a cat flap!
  2. Consider a floor or wall safe for those easily transported valuables, such as jewellery, cash and important documents. These simple safes don’t cost the earth either.
  3. Photograph valuables alongside a rule and make a note of any distinguishing marks and features. Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com
  4. CCTV systems can record, and alert you to unwanted visitors via an app on your smartphone.
  5. Keep your doors and windows secured, even when you’re at home. 1 in 3 break ins are via insecure doors and windows.
  6. Use plug-in timers to bring on lights, radio or simulated TV, to give the appearance that someone is home.
  7. Don’t advertise your movements on social media unless you are confident on your settings and with your audience.
  8. Improve the surveillance of your property from neighbours by keeping shrubs and hedges to no more than a metre high at the front of the property. Also, check there are no tools, spades, ladders etc left out in the garden, that a thief could use to break into your home.
  9. Think about installing a burglar alarm, and have it set up so that you can use some of the detection devices when you go to bed in the evening.
  10. Look out for each other. Consider getting together with neighbours and starting a neighbourhood watch scheme.
 
More information on crime prevention can be found here: https://www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/Community-Safety-and-Crime-Prevention.aspx
 
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