BRIGHT IDEAS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE IN THE DARK EVENINGS

This time of year when the clocks have gone back homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars.

To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils Joint Community Safety team is encouraging householders to take some simple steps to protect their home:

  • Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home
  • Keep valuables and other electronic equipment such as laptops out of sight
  • Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with immobilise.com
  • Double lock UPVC doors or use dead locks on solid doors
  • Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door and out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letter box
  • Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight
  • Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves

Neighbourhood Police Officers will be patrolling in residential areas and if they believe a property is at risk of being burgled, they will pop a ‘Here’s a bright idea’ card through the door along with contact details for further crime prevention advice.

Residents can follow their local police and pick up security advice from Twitter at: @TVP_ChiltSBucks . For regular updates on crime and disorder in your area you can sign up to Thames Valley Alert .

You can also contact Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team on 01494 586535 and for further crime reduction advice you can visit:- https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/ www.chiltern.gov.uk/crimereduction or www.southbucks.gov.uk/crimereduction.