With the summer months now with us, here are a few simply steps to prevent your home being targeted by opportunist burglars.
Make use of latches and locks on double glazed windows – let the air in, but keep unwanted visitors out.
Use your lights – keep them on a timer when you are out.
Make sure all doors to your home and vehicle are securely locked at all times. If you have a UPVC door, lift the handle to make sure all locks are engaged.
Close curtains when you have the light on indoors.
Never leave garages or sheds unlocked after a gardening session – not only are tools appealing to thieves, they can also be used to gain entry to your home.
Don’t hide your front door key in a plant pot or under a doormat – it’s the first place they will look.
Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house when you go away and do the same for them. Empty driveway? Ask a neighbour to park their vehicle on it.
Remain alert to any suspicious activity in your street. If you see someone acting suspiciously, contact police immediately.
Call 101 to report an incident. Alternatively, go online at herts.police.uk and fill in a form if the incident doesn’t need a quick response. Dial 999 if a crime is in progress.
You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Sawbridgeworth Safer Neighbourhood Team contact details:
PC 2277 Shelly MARSHALL – firstname.lastname@example.org
PCSO 6597 Paul WESTON – email@example.com
PCSO 6666 Amanda HIGHAM – firstname.lastname@example.org
Covering Spellbrook and Sawbridgeworth. If you have any issues or information about crimes, anti-social behaviour or anything else which affects the community, please send an email. Do not report crimes or incidents via email. Ring 101, report online at herts.police.uk or 999 in an emergency. Also, follow us on Twitter @SawboPolice