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Crime Prevention Tips

Alert message sent 06/03/2018 12:51:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Dear Citizen ,

Here are some Burglary Crime Prevention Tips:

Opportunist thieves often target houses that look like no-one is home, so consider installing timer switches to lights around the house so that it appears that the property is occupied.
Overgrown shrubs and bushes
High hedges at the front of you property will reduce natural surveillance and allow intruders to operate without being seen.
Stepping stones
Check your outside perimeter for anything that could aid criminals in accessing your garden. For example Dustbin's could be used by criminals or even piles of wood etc.
Is your fencing in good condition? You are allowed a 1m fence at the front and 2m at the rear of your property. Rear fences will form a secure barrier against intruders and can be increased in height with trellis where necessary. Trellis should not be robust enough to become a climbing aid and the diamond shaped trellis is the preferred style as it is harder to climb. If using fence panels with concrete posts then these need to be secured with galvanised strips to stop offenders from lifting them.
Your front door should be in good condition and of strong design. Consider when your keys were last replaced, whether past owners or tenants may still have access to your home, and whether anyone may have made copies without you knowledge. Professional locksmith can change locks to Approved patented systems, whereby keys can only be copied with proof of ownership. When considering buying a new door there is a security standard, BS PAS 24, which is the current standard for the Secured by Design award.
Check the strength and condition of your windows and frames. Remember the most vulnerable windows are those at ground level and any above a flat roof. Consider fitting laminated glass if you have a considerable fear of crime. There are also available security films, which can be applied to give it the properties of laminated glass. If considering new windows ensure that all opening windows are fitted with multi-point locking and shoot bolts. Remember to make sure you can escape from an upstairs window in the event of a fire.
Do you have gates that will deter intruders? Any side gates should always be kept locked and bolted and be in good working order. Again trellis could increase the height if required.
Defensive Planting
Spikey or thorny plants can provide an effective barrier to intruders. Using such plants can improve security at the perimeter of your home where an intruder may try to climb a fence, wall or gate. Ask at your local garden centre what is available, and how quickly it grows and how big it will get. Defensive planting can also be used under any accessible windows to stop offenders gaining access to them to look inside or attack. 

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I hope this is useful to you.

Kind regards,

PCSO Morrison
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Andrew Morrison (Police, PCSO, Hodgehill)

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